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Executive Order #104

Governor James J. Florio

WHEREAS, the dwindling availability of natural marine animals for food is a consequence of modern harvesting technologies, pollution and disease, and dietary shifts toward non-meat protein foods has placed added focus and value on marine-harvested products; and

WHEREAS, the proximity to markets, the demand for healthful food products, available natural resources, adequate financing and educational resources provided by Rutgers, the State University, have been essential ingredients for the growth of agriculture in New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, these are equally important for the growth of aquaculture, which is the planting, nurturing, and harvesting of aquatic organisms; and

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey has been committed, through programs such as "Jersey Fresh" and the FARMS Commission, to strengthening, expanding and diversifying agricultural activities in the state, and support for aquacultural development is integral to this mission; and

WHEREAS, the rapid and orderly expansion of aquaculture is constrained by a number of factors, including: lack of domestic broodstock; poor understanding of nutrition and diets of culturable species; need for improvement in fish health management; poor knowledge of water quality criteria in culture systems; a need for education, information, and technology transfer efforts, and; a need to understand markets and marketing barriers for aquaculture and other barriers faced by the aquaculture industry. These include the need to balance the interests and requirements of recreation, commercial, and aquacultural industries, legal and regulatory constraints, and difficulty in locating venture capital for the expansion of aquaculture; and

WHEREAS, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology Extension Center, sponsored by the Governor's New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology and housed at Rutgers, has access to expertise in aquaculture and fisheries, and its mission is to foster the orderly development of these industries;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES J. FLORIO, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. There is hereby established an Aquaculture Development Task Force to be organized by the Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology Extension Center, which shall provide or assemble the technical expertise necessary to draft the State Aquaculture Development Plan. The Task Force membership shall include the Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioners of the Departments of Environmental Protection and Energy, Commerce and Economic Development, and Health, or their designees. The Task Force shall be co-chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture and a person with expertise in the commercial fisheries and aquaculture business, to be selected by the members of the Task Force. The Task Force shall be housed at the Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology Extension Center.

2. The Task Force shall design the State Aquaculture Development Plan to provide for and encourage the development and subsequent expansion of an economically viable aquaculture industry while ensuring the integrity and protection of the natural/wild stocks and their habitat. The Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology Extension Center shall support the Task Force in developing the design of the State Aquaculture Development Plan.

3. The State Aquaculture Development Plan shall be designed to: stimulate private investment in the development and expansion of commercial aquaculture; evaluate job opportunities for individuals displaced from the fishing and shellfishing industries in the areas of research and development, and in new skilled jobs for technically trained aquaculturists; ensure coordination among State agencies to promote the goals of this Executive Order; enhance business diversity opportunities for New Jersey farmers and commercial fisherman, other interested entrepreneurs, and the fish and shellfish processing, marketing, and distribution industries; and develop mechanisms to ensure for the citizens of New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic region a consistent supply of quality aquacultured products, such as a diversity of finfish, e.g. hybrid striped bass, and specialty varieties of bivalve shellfish products.

4. The State Aquaculture Development Plan should address the issues of water withdrawal, wastewater discharge, optimal habitat conditions for aquacultured products (both fresh and marine), product standards, natural resource protection, marketing, research and demonstration, farm pond utilization, coastal development, economic development, and extension/education. The Plan should also identify those activities already practiced commercially within the State and those aquaculture activities that have a good probability for development in the near future.

5. The New Jersey Aquaculture Development Task Force shall utilize the expertise of industry, academia and governmental agencies, and resources available from the New Jersey-Israel Aquaculture Exchange Program, to design the State Aquaculture Development Plan.

6. The Departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection and Energy, Commerce and Economic Development, and Health shall provide the Task Force with staff assistance in designing the State Aquaculture Development Plan.

7. The New Jersey Aquaculture Development Task Force shall issue a final report, including the State Aquaculture Development Plan and recommended legislation or regulation, to the Governor and the Governor's Commission on Science and Technology within one year of the date of this Order.

8. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN under my hand and seal this
5th day of October in the Year of the
Lord, one thousand nine hundred and
ninety-three, and of the Independence
of the United States, the two hundred
and eighteenth.

/s/ James Florio
Governor

Attest:

/s/ Scott A. Weiner
Chief Counsel to the Governor

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