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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

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














*Metrics reported in July 2017 for work conducted February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. 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

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 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. 

Woods Hole Sea Grant Facilitates Development of Aquaculture Siting Tool in Massachusetts

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Woods Hole Sea Grant Facilitates Development of Aquaculture Siting Tool in Massachusetts

A new online aquaculture siting tool called MA-ShellfAST simplifies the process of selecting and establishing a shellfish farm for Massachusetts-based farmers using funding from the NOAA Sea Grant 2016 Aquaculture Extension and Technology Transfer program.

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