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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 March 10, 2021












Seafood display by Vanda Lewis (North Carolina Sea Grant)

News and Updates


Timely Information  

  • NOAA is launching an agency-wide effort to gather initial public input on Section 216(c) of the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. This section directs NOAA to collect recommendations on how to make fisheries, including aquaculture, and protected resources more resilient to climate change. This includes changes in management and conservation measures and improvements in science, monitoring, and cooperative research. NOAA invites your input on how best to achieve these objectives. Submit your comments by April 2, 2021 to
  • 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.
  • USDA has suspended the processing and payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). FSA local offices will continue to accept applications during the evaluation period - the deadline of February 26 has been eliminated. Interested applicants will have at least an additional 30 days to sign up after any decision is announced. For more info click here.
  • The latest information on the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL, and SVO Grant Program can be found here.
  • Funding opportunities: eeBLUE Aquaculture Literacy Mini-Grant for environmental education providers and aquaculture industry experts (applications due April 2); funding to support research on connections between changing habitat and key Chesapeake Bay fisheries species through the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (applications due April 26).
  • Network/job opportunities: Marine Business Specialist (Virginia Sea Grant), Hatchery TechnicianPhycologist (Ferry Cove Oyster Hatchery), Farm Operations Manager (Mook Sea Farm), Director of Membership Recruitment & Public Outreach (National Aquaculture Association), and Education Curator (North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island). 
  • 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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