Aquaculture Coordinating Council

Through the Annotated code of Maryland 4-11A-03.2 (2011), the Aquaculture Coordinating Council shall

  1. Formulate and make proposals to the Governor and, in accordance with § 2-1246 of the State Government Article, the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee and the House Environmental Matters Committee on or before October 1 of each year for advancing Maryland aquaculture, including recommendations for a fee structure on aquaculture operations in order to reduce State expenditures on aquaculture programs;
  2. Establish and monitor a grant program for the implementation of appropriate projects that support the economic health of the State aquaculture industry;
  3. Conduct applied studies of projects and products that will expand the aquaculture industry in the State;
  4. Conduct market tests to determine acceptability and potential demand for new aquaculture products;
  5. As appropriate, implement pilot projects and small commercial demonstrations to resolve any outstanding quality or production issues and to educate industry representatives, regulators, and other partners;
  6. Support the aquaculture industry in its efforts to implement innovative procedures and to comply with associated regulations;
  7. Enhance the awareness of innovative aquaculture products and programs among commercial buyers and the general public;
  8. On or before December 31, 2006, develop best management practices that:
    1. Provide guidance for freshwater and marine aquaculture permitting and compliance; and
    2. Serve as the basis for the adoption of State regulations regarding tidal and nontidal aquaculture;
  9. Investigate and, to the extent feasible, enhance the area of State waters that is available to private lease for purposes related to the aquaculture and seafood industries;
  10. Provide for the establishment of Aquaculture Enterprise Zones in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays, so as to:
    1. Streamline the permitting process in these zones;
    2. Provide incentives for private investment in leasing operations; and
    3. Encourage individuals with historical records in the commercial fishery to adapt their expertise to the raising and harvesting of seafood by aquaculture; and
  11. On a regular basis, review State regulations impacting aquaculture and make recommendations to the Aquaculture Review Board regarding any necessary or advisable regulatory changes.
(2) The Coordinating Council may establish subcommittees to provide technical assistance to the Council, with subcommittee topics and membership as the Council determines to be appropriate.

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