The Coastal Aquaculture Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2023
The Coastal Aquaculture Authority (Amendment) Bill 2023 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on April 05, 2023. The Bill was introduced by Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister which seeks to amend the Coastal Aquaculture Authority Act 2005. The Bill seeks to decriminalise the offences under the Act for promoting ease of doing business and to fine-tune the operational procedures of the Coastal Aquaculture Authority. It also aimed at promoting newer forms of environment-friendly coastal aquaculture including cage culture, seaweed culture, marine ornamental fish culture and pearl oyster culture which has the potential for creating additional employment opportunities. The Bill also has a provision to prevent the use of antibiotics and pharmacologically active substances which are harmful to human health in coastal aquaculture.