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Sea Grant in Aquaculture

Sea Grant invests in the development of sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture to help coastal communities maintain a safe and sustainable local seafood supply. Sea Grant's investment in aquaculture focuses on research and technology transfer, often through one-on-one interactions with extension agents, to support and expand America's aquaculture industry. Questions about Sea Grant's aquaculture work or the aquaculture funding opportunity may be directed to oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov

Sea Grant Aquaculture Highlights, 2020 (pdf)

Sea Grant Aquaculture Highlights, 2018 (pdf)

10-year NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Vision, 2016 (pdf)

Summary fact sheet of the 10-year NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Vision, 2016 (pdf)

More information on aquaculture in the U.S. (NOAA Office of Aquaculture)

2019 Sea Grant Aquaculture Funding Opportunities

NOAA Fisheries' Guide to Federal Aquaculture Grant Services

 

News Highlight: Sea Grant awards $16 million to advance U.S. aquaculture

2019 Sea Grant Aquaculture Funded Projects (pdf)

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN AQUACULTURE RESULTED IN*

$16M

SEA GRANT 

NATIONAL

INVESTMENT

$80M

ECONOMIC 

IMPACT

408

BUSINESSES

1052

JOBS

*Metrics reported in July 2020 for work conducted February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020. Sea Grant Investment = Funding to advance aquaculture research, technology transfer, and extension. Economic impact = market and non-market value of Sea Grant's work related to aquaculture; value of jobs and businesses. Businesses = the number of aquaculture businesses created or sustained as a result of Sea Grant efforts. Jobs = aquaculture jobs created or sustained as a result of Sea Grant efforts.

Feature Aquaculture Impacts

Sea Grant Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs (Hubs)


 

As part of Sea Grant's 2019 National Aquaculture Initiative, 11 funded projects are focused on accelerating the development of specific aquaculture topics through integrated teams of professionals. These teams established collaborative programs, commonly referred to as "Hubs", to plan for and appropriately focus the next generation of aquaculture investments while enhancing the synthesis and transfer of past research advances to the industry.

 

      

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Meet Sea Grant Experts in Aquaculture


Michael Chambers, Ph.D.

Marine Aquaculture Extension Specialist, N.H. Sea Grant - Michael Chambers designed an Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) Platform which provides seed to local farmers to help sustain oyster, mussel and seaweed aquaculture in the region.


"We've seen one farm grow to now 14 farms, so it has been a tremendous growth in the past 7 years."

Dana Morse

Marine Extension Associate, Maine Sea Grant - Dana Morse provides training and technical assistance to shellfish farmers to help advance an emerging aquaculture industry and satisfy the demand for sustainable seafood in the region.


"I have seen a sector get its feet under it and solidify to become a solid thing."

Rob Hein

Aquaculture Technician, Georgia Sea Grant - Rob Hein provides technical assistance to Georgia Sea Grant's oyster hatchery that is the sole provider of seed to oyster growers in the state.


"It is fulfilling to participate in an expanding industry that provides food for people at the same time as creating stakeholders in the industry who want to protect the environment and also cleaning the water itself."

Aquaculture Stories and News

Sea Grant Selects “Food from the Sea” Career Program Development Projects

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Sea Grant Selects “Food from the Sea” Career Program Development Projects

NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program and Office of Sustainable Fisheries awarded approximately $900,000 of FY21 federal funds to support projects that will initiate “Food from the Sea'' career development programs. With these funds, Sea Grant programs and partners will work collaboratively with members of the fishing industry to identify training needs and develop updated and/or new resources and programming to address those needs.  

NOAA Sea Grant Liaisons address critical research areas across federal agencies

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NOAA Sea Grant Liaisons address critical research areas across federal agencies

NOAA Sea Grant, in collaboration with U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey, announces six new partnership positions. The Sea Grant Federal Partnership Liaisons will integrate Sea Grant extension expertise with science, products and services from NOAA labs and other publicly supported scientific research programs. These jointly-funded positions expand on a key component of Sea Grant’s work, extending science to end users and doing so through collaborative partnerships.
 

NOAA Sea Grant awards $3.5 million to improve sustainable aquaculture, strengthen seafood resources

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NOAA Sea Grant awards $3.5 million to improve sustainable aquaculture, strengthen seafood resources

NOAA Sea Grant today announced $3.5 million in federal funding to support two efforts aiding sustainable growth of U.S. seafood, one focused on improving coordination for marine aquaculture development and another that addresses COVID-19 impacts to seafood resources.  

Sea Grant’s recent research publications highlight notable work across focus areas

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Sea Grant’s recent research publications highlight notable work across focus areas

From fisheries management to marsh restoration, Sea Grant makes discoveries, develops new resources

Research is an essential component of Sea Grant’s work in coastal and Great Lakes communities, supporting scientists from hundreds of institutions. Here are just a few of Sea Grant’s recent research publications that are making a splash.
 

 

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