Notice of Change/Withdrawal

Division of Aquaculture
5L-3.004: Aquaculture Best Management Practices Manual
Notice is hereby given that the following changes have been made to the proposed rule in accordance with subparagraph 120.54(3)(d)1., F.S., published in Vol. 32 No. 50, December 15, 2006 issue of the Florida Administrative Weekly.

The change is in response to written comments submitted by the staff of the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee.

A change has been made to the referenced Aquaculture Best Management Practices Manual, January 2007 made available in draft form by contacting Kal Knickerbocker at the Division of Aquaculture or by visiting the Division’s website at

The following change has been made to page 38 of the manual:

Chapter VII. Marine Net Pens and Cages, E. Aquaculture Facility Operations and Maintenance, Best Management Practices 5th bulleted paragraph has been rewritten – Nets and moorings must be maintained in a whole and intact condition. No gear may be abandoned. Storage of nets or gear on the bottom is prohibited. Any net or gear accidentally dropped or lost during storm events that is not recovered immediately shall be tagged with a float, positioned using differential Global Positioning System, and reported to the Division of Aquaculture within 24 hours. The lost net or gear shall be recovered within 30 days of the date lost.; unless the Division of Aquaculture allows a longer time in an individual case, and Tthe Division of Aquaculture shall be notified on the date the net or gear is recovered.

THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Kal Knickerbocker, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture, 1203 Governor’s Square Boulevard, 5th Floor, Tallahassee, Florida 32301, Phone: (850)488-4033