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Aquaculture Operations - Compliance & Enforcement

Aquaculture Operations

To help aquaculture operations comply with environmental requirements, EPA offers many types of compliance assistance and incentives. EPA is also responsible for conducting a federal regulatory enforcement program with respect to environmental requirements. 

Regulations Finalized To Improve Water Quality at Fish Farms
On June 30, 2004 EPA finalized a rule establishing regulations for concentrated aquatic animal production (CAAP), or farm-raised fish facilities. The regulation will apply to approximately 245 facilities that generate wastewater from their operations and discharge that wastewater directly into waters of the United States. This rule will help reduce discharges of conventional pollutants, primarily total suspended solids. It will also help reduce non-conventional pollutants such as nutrients. In January 1992, EPA agreed to a settlement with the Natural Resources Defense Council and others in a consent decree that established a schedule by which EPA would consider regulations for 19 industrial categories. EPA selected the CAAP industry for one of those rules. Issuance of this rule completes all regulations addressed under the settlement agreement.

More information from EPA
Press Release
Effluent Guidelines - Aquatic Animal Production Industry


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