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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 May 27, 2021












Seafood display by Vanda Lewis (North Carolina Sea Grant)

News and Updates


Timely Information  

  • The Nature Conservancy's Supporting Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration (SOAR) program recently issued a request for proposals for the new $1 million Shellfish Growers Resiliency Fund. The Fund offers small awards (up to $20,000) targeted toward shellfish growers and large awards (up to $100,000) to address systemic issues facing the shellfish industry. For more info click here. Application Deadline: June 14, 2021 (large award)
  • 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.
  • NOAA Fisheries is seeking comments on a draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) evaluating the potential environmental impacts of a management program for offshore aquaculture in federal waters of the Pacific Islands Region. The draft PEIS is available here. The agency is accepting comments through August 5, 2021.
  • USDA will accept new and modified Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) applications beginning April 5, 2021. Aquaculture eligible for CFAP 2 includes: any species of aquatic organisms grown as food for human consumption, fish raised as feed for fish that are consumed by humans, and ornamental fish propagated and reared in an aquatic medium. Eligible aquaculture species must be raised by a commercial operator and in water in a controlled environment. This includes molluscan shellfish and seaweed that was previously covered under the U.S. Department of Commerce program. For more info click here.
  • The latest information on the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL, and SVO Grant Program can be found here.
    • The SBA is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000.
    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.
  • The USDA Agriculture Marketing Service has approved the purchase of $5M worth of farmed-raised clams for food banks. For more info click here.
  • Sea Grant's recent seafood resources hires include:
    • Hannah Wilson (Alaska Sea Grant)
    • Emily Tucker (Connecticut Sea Grant)
    • David Crisostomo (University of Guam Sea Grant)
    • Cherie Kauahi (Hawai'i Sea Grant)
    • Theo Willis (Lake Champlain Sea Grant)
    • Jim LaChance (Maryland Sea Grant)
    • Danny Badger (MIT Sea Grant)
    • Emma Forbes (New York Sea Grant)
    • Nicole Wright (Ohio Sea Grant)
    • Amy Ehrhart (Oregon Sea Grant)
    • Catherine Schluter (Rhode Island Sea Grant)
    • Brandii Holmdahl (Washington Sea Grant)
    • Nicole Naar (Washington Sea Grant)
    • Sharon Moen (Wisconsin Sea Grant)
    • Harriet Booth (Woods Hole Sea Grant)
  • 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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Oysters (Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant)

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