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NOAA to Hold Aquaculture Listening Session

April 13, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – At the request of Governor Sean Parnell, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) plans to hold a listening session in Alaska on its new national marine aquaculture policy.

“There is tremendous interest and concern on the part of Alaskans, particularly in the fishing industry, regarding the expansion of aquaculture into offshore federal waters,” Governor Parnell said. “Offshore aquaculture activities could pose a significant threat to wild-capture fisheries and the health of Alaska’s marine resources. I appreciate NOAA’s willingness to include Alaskans in its listening tour.”

Last month, Governor Parnell encouraged NOAA officials to provide Alaskans the opportunity to participate fully in the process. The listening session is expected to be held in early May.

A copy of the governor’s letter to NOAA is available at: http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/documents/Ltr_to_Dr_Lubchenco_33110.pdf

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