Since 1988, when Maryland's first aquaculture legislation was passed, most aquafarmed products have been grown in ponds. Now, however, a new intensive aquaculture uses recirculating tanks. This technology makes farm-raised fish available year-round. Aquaculturally produced fish are exempt from laws and regulations that pertain to wild harvested species, including endangered species provisions.
Aquaculture is a concern of the Aquaculture Development and Seafood Marketing section of the Department of Agriculture.
July 10, 1998
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