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Group Asks For Hold On Fish Farm Permit Process

The Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute has decided to delay a planned offshore aquaculture demonstration in ocean waters off the San Diego coast.

Hubbs-SeaWorld has sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers asking that a hold be put on the current permitting process. The institute submitted permit applications last fall to several federal and state agencies for the nation's first commercial-scale fish farm in federal waters.

In the letter to the Corps, Don Kent with Hubbs says it was anticipated that the permitting process would take about two years.

The letter mentions several potential changes regarding regulation of offshore aquaculture that have been proposed since the Obama Administration took office.

The letter says it will take Hubbs several months to understand whether the proposed changes will affect the previously agreed upon permit process.

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