While the State of Alaska has banned fish farming in state waters which extend 3 miles out, fish farms may have an opening in the the area 3 to 200 miles offshore. The Alaska commercial fisherman and the Governor Frank Murkowski oppose this possiblity. The Governor is requesting a federal ban of 5 years to permit studies of the impact of such operations. A senior seafood industry advisor, Linda Chaves of the National Marine Fisheries Service says it is premature to think that the Alaskan state government can block such operations. The federal Commerce Department intends to present a "regulatory framework" for the development of aquaculture in federal waters in coming weeks.