Thursday, August 17, 2017

Aquaculture and Seafood

October is National Seafood Month. To celebrate, Sea Grant is sharing success stories of helping coastal communities maintain a safe and sustainable local seafood supply. For 50 years, Sea Grant has been helping coastal communities use the best science and technology available to design aquaculture systems and build related businesses, reduce by-catch of fishing operations, and adopt new techniques to better conserve target fish species. 

Seafood and Aquaculture fact sheet, Sea Grant Ten Year Aquaculture Vision

Find your Sea Grant Sustainable Seafood and Aquaculture program:

Alaska Sea Grant Guam Sea Grant Michigan Sea Grant North Carolina Sea Grant South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium Woods Hole Institute of Oceanography Sea Grant
California Sea Grant Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant  Minnesota Sea Grant

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Hawaii Sea Grant 

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  New York Sea Grant

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Wisconsin Sea Grant 


Aquaculture by the Numbers

Many Sea Grant programs for ongoing aquaculture operations  aquaculture research, extension, and education in their ongoing base-funded program activities. In addition, Sea Grant special funding for aquaculture has ranged from $1 to 9 million per year. In FY 2016, Sea Grant has up to $3.4 million for two national competitions in aquaculture research (a total of $5.1 million with match dollars). Topical priorities are: a) research to inform pending regulatory decisions regarding aquaculture on the local, state, or federal level leading to an information product—such as tool, technology, template, or model— needed to make final decisions on a specific question; b) research to support the introduction and/or increase in production of new and emerging species; c) research that supports continued seafood safety and product quality; and d) social and/or economic research to understand aquaculture issues in a broader context. Also available through competition is $400K for aquaculture conferences, workshops, training, and information transfer projects. Detailed information, including past award recipients and projects, can be found on the Sea Grant website. The 2017 President’s budget includes a budget line for $7 million for national grant competitions called “Marine Aquaculture Program,” that funds the Sea Grant aquaculture program. In addition to the annual aquaculture competitions, 



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