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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, 2019 (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

 

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*

$11.5M

SEA GRANT 

NATIONAL

INVESTMENT

$65M

ECONOMIC 

IMPACT

345

BUSINESSES

841

JOBS

*Metrics reported in July 2019 for work conducted February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019. Sea Grant Investment reported in July 2018 for work conducted February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019. 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

National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative: 2020 Update

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National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative: 2020 Update

In 2020, Sea Grant continued to engage in hundreds of aquaculture-related projects and ongoing efforts, leveraging federal dollars well beyond the federal investment with partnerships and collaborative efforts. This year, several established projects selected in previous years received continued funding, and many new initiatives were launched. 

Get to Know Great Lakes' Fish, Fish Farmers and Aquaculture at the Sea Grant Great Lakes Aquaculture Day 2020

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Get to Know Great Lakes' Fish, Fish Farmers and Aquaculture at the Sea Grant Great Lakes Aquaculture Day 2020

The Sea Grant Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative is hosting the first annual Sea Grant Great Lakes Aquaculture Day on October 10, 2020. Register now for this free, interactive, virtual event!

Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient Footprint

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Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient Footprint

Large-scale offshore aquaculture may have much less environmental impact from nutrient pollution than people suspect, according to a recent study funded by Florida Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries.
Offshore aquaculture is poised to grow in the coming years to help offset the U.S. seafood trade deficit, but concerns have been raised about the potential for fish waste to pollute surrounding waters by introducing unnaturally high nutrient levels. In this new study, researchers found little evidence of nutrient pollution from a commercial cobia aquaculture farm located offshore the Republic of Panama. 

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

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

New research and innovative collaborative efforts aim to advance domestic aquaculture. Forty two new projects funded by Sea Grant in three programs will work to increase understanding and transfer knowledge to end users for different topics and geographies across the U.S.

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