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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 National Aquaculture Portfolio, 2018-2022 (pdf)

Sea Grant Aquaculture Highlights, 2020 (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)

NOAA Fisheries' Guide to Federal Aquaculture Grant Services

 

Learn about Sea Grant's Aquaculture Hubs (link)

See presentations from Sea Grant's Aquaculture Research Symposia (link)

 

Recent Funding Awards: 

Sea Grant awards $3.5 million to improve sustainable aquaculture

Sea Grant awards $4.7 million to strengthen economics of U.S. aquaculture

 

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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National Aquaculture Symposia


 

In Fall 2021, the National Sea Grant Office hosted two Aquaculture Research Symposia to bring together researchers and their teams involved in projects funded through the 2019 National Strategic Initiative competitions. Awardees shared their work and findings with members of the aquaculture community through live talks, followed by time for discussion. Please see the links below for PDFs of project presentations.

The first symposium was held October 25-29, 2021 and focused on projects funded through the "Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities" and the "Social/Behavioral/Economic Needs in Aquaculture" competitions.

 

 

The second symposium was held November 1-3, 2021 and focused on projects funded through the "Advanced Aquaculture Research Collaboratives" (Hubs) competition.

 

 

Learn More about Aquaculture

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.


"It's been exciting to see the sector get its feet under it and really solidify."

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

NOAA’s Sea Grant and Disaster Preparedness Programs help address disaster impacts and recovery with three new projects

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NOAA’s Sea Grant and Disaster Preparedness Programs help address disaster impacts and recovery with three new projects

Hurricanes. Flood events. Oil spills. When disaster strikes, communities come together to respond. NOAA Sea Grant and NOAA’s Disaster Preparedness Program are partnering to help communities respond to and recover from these occurrences through three projects that strengthen local preparedness measures.
 

Collaborative network for recirculating aquaculture moves into next phase

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Collaborative network for recirculating aquaculture moves into next phase

The National Sea Grant Office announced funding for the Recirculating Aquaculture Salmon Network (RAS-N) in 2019. While that three-year grant is now winding down, the collaborative network it helped build is not going away. Rather, it is entering an exciting new phase with $10 million in funding from a U.S. Department Agriculture program designed to enhance sustainability in agriculture.

NOAA Sea Grant and Ocean Acidification Program projects to examine impacts of stressors on shellfish aquaculture

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NOAA Sea Grant and Ocean Acidification Program projects to examine impacts of stressors on shellfish aquaculture

NOAA Sea Grant and the Ocean Acidification Program awarded more than $2.4 million to support projects that will address the impacts of multiple stressors on and increase resilience in shellfish aquaculture through research and industry partnerships. These projects will expand collaborations between researchers and the shellfish aquaculture industry throughout all aspects of the scientific process.

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.  

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