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May 25, 2010 2:45 AM by Courtney Meznarich

Morro Bay takes a stand on fish farms

The Morro Bay City Council takes a stand on fish farms.

The council voted Monday to send a letter to Congresswoman Lois Capps asking her to take a closer look at a new bill.

That bill would put regulations in place for corporations who try to create fish farms in national waters. Currently, only hard-shell fish are farmed in California. "I think she's really trying to make it a clean bill, and make sure that there are good parameters. However, if you even open the gate to say 'Oh we want to introduce this, ' well then you're going to have people lining up. Where as right now, it's such an awkward situation to even try to do that, and other places have not been successful, that it kind of keeps it from happening," said Councilmember Betty Winholtz.

The council says fish farms are bad for fish and wild fishermen alike.

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