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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, 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.

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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

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.

How does shellfish aquaculture interact with Puget Sound's marine life?

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How does shellfish aquaculture interact with Puget Sound's marine life?

In Puget Sound, The Nature Conservancy in Washington wants to learn more about shellfish aquaculture structures and how they impact the marine environment for specific organisms or life stages. They partner with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Washington Sea Grant, as well as the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and shellfish farms, to study which fish and crab species use shellfish aquaculture habitats.

Sea Grant Report on Barriers to Shellfish Aquaculture in the U.S.

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Sea Grant Report on Barriers to Shellfish Aquaculture in the U.S.

A Sea Grant team of legal and aquaculture experts has released a report detailing eight case studies that identify challenges to the shellfish aquaculture industry in the United States. The project was funded through Sea Grant's 2017 national investment in aquaculture. 

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