Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks public input on Marine Aquaculture Program

SACRAMENTO — California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) hopes to complete its Marine Aquaculture Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) this year. A public scoping process has been scheduled to facilitate stakeholder input.

Public comment can be provided at one of two open meetings; the meetings are held April 10 at Santa Rosa and April 12 at San Diego.

“The completed PEIR will outline a framework for managing the proposed State Coastal Marine Aquaculture Program, which would oversee the culturing of shellfish, algae and finfish on state water bottom leases issued by the California Fish and Game Commission,” DFW staff said in a released statement. “The public scoping process will provide CDFW with guidance in identifying the range of actions analyzed in the PEIR, including environmental effects, methods of assessment, mitigation measures and alternative regulatory management frameworks.”

Comments will be accepted through April 22 – either in person during the two public meetings, via email or by snail mail.

Email comments can be submitted to AquaculturePEIR@wildlife.ca.gov; snail mail comments can be sent to Marine Aquaculture PEIR – Scoping Comments, CDFW Aquaculture Program, 830 S Street, Sacramento, California 95811.

The public hearings will be held at Sonoma County Water Agency (April 10), 404 Aviation Boulevard, Santa Rosa, California 95403 and Port of San Diego (April 12), 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego, California 92101.

Both public meetings will be held 6:30-8 p.m.

Additional information, including the full Notice of Preparation, is available on the DFW Marine Aquaculture PEIR webpage.

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