This Act may be called the Coastal Aquaculture Authority (Amendment) Act, 2023.

(2) Save as otherwise provided, it shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint; and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act.

  1. In section 2 of the Coastal Aquaculture Authority Act, 2005 (hereinafter referred to as the principal Act), in sub-section (1),—

(i) for clause (a), the following clauses shall be substituted, namely:—

‘(a) “aquaculture input” means any material used as an input in coastal aquaculture for the maintenance of quality of water and soil and for the growth and better health of organisms reared, or other aquatic life available, therein and includes seed, fertilizer, feed, growth supplement, probiotic, environment remediator and disinfectant;

(aa) “aqua mapping” means geospatial coastal area distribution maps depicting areas potential and suitable for coastal aquaculture;

(ab) “aqua zonation” means the zones of spatial planning for different species or methods of coastal aquaculture notified by a State Government or the Authority for sustainable coastal aquaculture;

(ac) “Authority” means the Coastal Aquaculture Authority established under sub-section (1) of section 4;

(ad) “biosecured facility” means a coastal aquaculture unit carrying on coastal aquaculture activity adopting such biosecurity measures for ensuring freedom from disease causing pathogens as may be specified in the guidelines issued for such activity;

(ae) “biosecurity” means any measure or strategy or integrated approach adopted to analyse, manage and prevent the risk of introduction or spread of harmful organisms, including viruses and bacteria, within the coastal aquaculture unit and to minimise the risk of transmission of infectious diseases;