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Progress has been made in California's aquaculture legislation

A bill currently in the California Assembly to improve the efficiency of aquaculture project review processes has received support from both political parties and has advanced to the next phase of the legislative process.

Bill AB 3220, introduced by Rep. Diane Papan, directs the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to consider seeking federal verification authority from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other applicable federal agencies to streamline the review and approval process Federal permits issued for mariculture projects.

The bill, sponsored by marine solutions organization AltaSea, aims to expedite the approval of aquaculture projects, defined in the legislation as “agriculture dedicated to the propagation, cultivation, care and harvest of aquatic plants and animals in seawater.”

A second bill to encourage the development of carbon dioxide removal projects, also sponsored by AltaSea, was also successfully referred to the California State Appropriations Committee.

“We applaud Reps. Muratsuchi and Papan for their important work to streamline carbon removal and mariculture projects. If passed and signed by the Governor, this legislation will reduce emissions and support California's environmental sustainability goals,” Terry Tamminen, president and CEO of AltaSea, said in a news release from the organization.

“The bipartisan support these bills have received further underscores California’s leadership on climate initiatives. We look forward to this continued momentum in growing our blue economy,” he concluded.

Anna Harden

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