Aquaculture Environmental Best Management Practices

Ronald Levy  |  3/6/2018 8:03:09 PM

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Aquaculture production is one of Louisiana’s major animal industries, and its $326 million contribution to the state’s economy makes it an important part of Louisiana’s agriculture. The Louisiana aquaculture industry includes more than 2,000 operations across the state.

Best management practices are an effective and practical means of reducing water pollutants at levels compatible with environmental quality goals. The primary purpose for implementation of BMPs is to conserve and protect soil, water and air resources. BMPs for aquaculture enterprises are a specific set of practices used by growers to reduce the amount of soil, nutrients, pesticides and microbial contaminants entering surface water and groundwater while maintaining or improving productivity. This BMP manual is a guide for the selection, implementation and management of practices that will help growers conserve soil and protect water and air resources.

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