The Commissioner shall have the following powers and duties: 1. To provide information and assistance in obtaining permits relating to aquacultural activities; 2. To promote aquaculture including encouraging investment in aquaculture facilities to expand production, processing capacity, and marketing; 3. To work with appropriate state and federal agencies to review, develop, and implement policies and procedures to facilitate aquacultural development; 4. To consult with and assist aquaculture industry groups, aquaculture associations, and academic institutions to develop, maintain, and expand the aquaculture industry; and 5. To develop, support, and implement policies beneficial to Virginia aquaculture. History 1992, c. 643, § 3.1-73.7; 2001, c. 320; 2008, c. 860.