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Pertinent Laws and Rules

Florida Aquaculture Policy Act, Chapter 597, FS
The legislative intent and declaration of public policy, powers and duties of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), aquaculture certificate of registration, prohibited acts and penalties, cultured shellfish theft reward program, Aquaculture Review Council, shellfish leases and processors are provided for in this statute.

State Lands, Chapter 253, FS
The policies, conditions, and criteria for using sovereign lands for aquacultural production are provided in this statute with authorization for their use from the Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund.

Aquaculture Best Management Practices, Chapter 5L-3, FAC
Application procedures and best management practices to be followed by aquaculture producers in order to obtain an aquaculture certificate of registration from DACS are established in this rule.

Sovereignty Submerged Lands Management, Chapter 18-21, FAC
The responsibilities of the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund for the administration, management, and disposition of state-owned lands for shellfish harvesting and aquaculture are provided in this rule.

Comprehensive Shellfish Control Code, Rule Chapter 5L-1, FAC
Regulations and specifications implemented by DACS relating to sanitary practices for the harvesting, handling, processing, and storing of molluscan shellfish products are detailed in this rule.

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