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Title and Description:

Additional information: A draft version of this technical guidance document underwent formal peer review through the IQA process in early 2018. Five non-federal experts in the field provided review comments on the initial version of the technical guidance which was created when the Gulf Aquaculture Permit (GAP) final regulations were in place. In September 2018, a Court decision vacated the GAP regulations. Therefore, pending any possible appeal of this decision, references to GAP program requirements have been removed from the final version of the technical guidance.


Basis-of-Design Technical Guidance for Offshore Aquaculture Installations in the Gulf of Mexico

This document will provide guidance for potential offshore aquaculture applicants in regard to the structural integrity and ability of proposed aquaculture systems to withstand physical stresses associated with major storm events. Specifically, the document describes the data, information and analyses that include information on general site characteristics, system layout, system analysis and loading, individual component specifications, auxiliary equipment and deployment and operations protocols.

ID381 Info. Type: ISA
Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 3/1/2018
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 4/16/2019
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information

Review Type: Individual Letters
Expected Number of Peer Reviewers: 4-10

Peer Reviewers will be selected by: The Agency

Will the public, including scientific or professional societies, be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers? No.

Will there be opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed? No

Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? No

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review:
Ocean and marine engineering, Structural Engineering, Structural Integrity of Offshore Aquaculture Systems, including Pens, Cages, Anchoring and Mooring Components

Comments on Peer Review:
Charge statement

Peer review report completed - 5/15/2018

Peer review comments

Final Publication product

Final report can be found on the NOAA Library website -