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Environmental health protection is governed by a strong regulatory framework.

The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service has an aquaculture unit designed to ensure compliance with the standards that govern aquaculture activities, both in marine and fresh waters. They monitor, analyze and issue technical reports on matters pertaining to aquaculture operations and propose actions aimed at ensuring harmonious operations within the industry.

This is achieved by dividing the industry into three areas: procedures, animal health and environmental health, which in turn are subdivided into instructions, regulations, standards and documentation.

Some of the standards governing the sector are:

  1. Fisheries and Aquaculture Law, and its modifications (Feb 2011)
  2. Environmental Regulations for Aquaculture (RAMA)
  3. Health Resolutions (RESA)
  4. General Health Programs
  5. Specific Health Programs: