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Seafood Information and Resources


Welcome!  The purpose of this page is to provide pertinent and timely information and resources to the U.S. seafood industry - both wild harvest and aquaculture. While content is currently focused on challenges related to COVID-19, it is our hope that this page will serve as a valuable resource to the U.S. seafood industry well into the future.


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Page last updated June 10, 2022












Seafood display by Vanda Lewis (North Carolina Sea Grant)

News and Updates


Timely Information  

  • NOAA Fisheries is pleased to announce the 2023 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant competition is currently open. The goal of the S-K program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable. An informational webinar will be hosted on June 15, 2022. Further details are available here.
  • NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comments to inform the scope and content of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Southern California Aquaculture Opportunity Area now through July 22, 2022. Public comments can be submitted in writing as well as during two virtual public meetings that will be held on June 27 and July 11, 2022. Information and instructions on how to submit comments can be found on the NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region AOA Public Scoping Meetings page.
  • NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comments to inform the scope and content of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Gulf of Mexico Aquaculture Opportunity Area now through August 1, 2022. Public comments can be submitted in writing as well as during three virtual public meetings that will be held on June 8, June 16, and July 12, 2022. Information and instructions on how to submit comments can be found on the NOAA Fisheries Gulf of Mexico AOA PEIS website.
  • The 2022 Census of Agriculture is right around the corner and USDA NASS is making every effort to count all aquaculture producers in the United States. If you produce any aquaculture products and want to make sure that you are counted in the 2022 Census of Agriculture and the 2023 Census of Aquaculture, please sign up your operation using this online form. Most likely, you will not receive a survey until the 2022 Census of Agriculture in January or February 2023.
  • NOAA Fisheries' Guide to Permitting Marine Aquaculture in the United States is now available. This guide was created to assist individuals with navigating the federal permitting process for marine aquaculture for finfish, shellfish, invertebrates, and seaweed.
  • The fiscal year 2021 annual report for the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Aquaculture Program is now available.
  • PDFs of presentations from Sea Grant's National Aquaculture Symposia (held in Fall 2021) are now available on this page.
  • The Sea Grant Research, Education and Engagement plan provides the results of a Sea Grant supported Great Lakes and marine aquaculture research, education, and engagement needs assessment, helping to identify stakeholder needs which are appropriate for Sea Grant investments.
  • The USDA Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Resources Guide outlines USDA Rural Development programs and services that can help rural residents, businesses and communities impacted by disasters and support long-term planning and recovery efforts. Learn more.
  • Under the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better. In particular, they are interested in working on seafood development initiatives. EDA is making this funding available through a series of six innovative challenges. Deadlines vary. Learn more.
  • The latest information on the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL, and SVO Grant Program can be found here.
  • NOAA Fisheries' Guide to Federal Aquaculture Grant Services is now available. The guide focuses on federal grant programs that aquaculture producers, researchers, and other stakeholders may be eligible for and will be updated periodically to highlight any changes or new opportunities.
  • Check out Sea Grant's COVID-19 rapid response investments to support the U.S. aquaculture industry. See the interactive story map on recent developments for COVID-19 restoration aquaculture projects.
  • A new section was added to this page with links to Sea Grant Aquaculture Hubs. Learn more below.



Aid and Relief Assistance Programs

Human Health Resources


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Resources:

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (Link)

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (Link)

How To Cope With Sheltering in Place (Link)

Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (Link)


Additional Resources:

University of Florida: Managing Stress During a Pandemic (Webinar Recording) 

MIT Sea Grant RESCUES Manual - Responding to Emergencies at Sea and to Communities Under Extreme Stress (Link)

Peer Listener Training Manual from Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
The current pandemic has shifted the way we work and recreate. These changes have caused increased levels of stress, isolation and anxiety. Sea Grant is offering Peer Listening training to improve listening skills to support members of the community and serve as a bridge between disaster survivors and formal mental health services. The Peer Listening Training consists of four modules: (1) Defining disasters, (2) Listening skills, (3) Recognizing common symptoms and (4) Seeking and providing support. To learn more about the program, watch a video of the Part 1 training or download the Peer Listener Training Manual go to


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Processing, Marketing and Distribution Resources





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Training and Education Resources


Non-COVID-19 specific resources:

Training videos for fisheries managers on techniques for sampling invasive carp species -- Wisconsin Sea Grant (Link)



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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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Seafood Resources Contacts



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