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Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Sea Grant is a leader in developing innovative technologies for all sectors of the seafood industry, including fishing, aquaculture, seafood processing and consumer safety. Research and extension efforts are focused on ensuring a safe and sustainable supply of seafood products for current and future generations.

Hot Topic: Aquaculture

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES RESULTED IN*

17800

FISHERS ADOPT SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE FISHING PRACTICES

2000

PEOPLE TRAINED IN SAFE SEAFOOD HANDLING (HACCP)

2200

SEAFOOD BUSINESSES CREATED OR SUSTAINED

7

NOAA NMFS-SEA GRANT FELLOWS

*Metrics reported in July 2018 for work conducted February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. HACCP = Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points training is required for certification to handle and distribute seafood products.

Sustainable Fisheries Featured Impacts

Meet Sea Grant Sustainable Fisheries Experts


Michael Ciaramella

Seafood Safety and Technology Specialist, New York Sea Grant - Michael works with New York's seafood industry, regulatory agencies and food and nutrition professionals on issues related to seafood safety, quality and marketing.


"My background in aquaculture and food science will allow me to help New York compete with regard to cultured seafood as that industry continues to grow to meet the demands of the local and global seafood markets."

William "Bill" Walton, Ph.D.

Oyster Aquaculture Extension Specialist, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant - Bill provides technical advice for shellfish farmers, identifies areas in Alabama and Mississippi for oyster aquaculture and communicates aquaculture developments to the public. 


"Shellfish aquaculture does a lot of great things; it raises food, provides habitat, and improves water quality. But, for me, it’s most about creating jobs in rural coastal communities and keeping these communities together."

Gabriela Bradt, Ph.D.

Commercial Fisheries Extension Specialist, New Hampshire Sea Grant - Gabriela's research aims to inform the use of invasive green crabs as a possible seafood product. This would help control the spread of the invasion, while also providing added income to local fishermen that are experiencing trouble with the current wild harvest fisheries.


"If we are going to have enough supply for restaurants and other markets...we need to be able to get a whole bunch of them [green crabs] to molt around the same time."

Sustainable Fisheries and 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 detailed 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. 

Sea Grant Fellow Publishes Research on Impacts of Temperature Change on Global Fisheries

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Sea Grant Fellow Publishes Research on Impacts of Temperature Change on Global Fisheries

NMFS-Sea Grant Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Chris Free and colleagues published a study in the March 2019 edition of Science that "used historical ocean temperature and fisheries data to determine how ocean warming affects the amount of fish that can be harvested sustainably from wild-populations." Free’s dissertation adviser, Olaf Jensen, says that the NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship was instrumental in allowing Free to pursue this groundbreaking work. “This fellowship gave him the freedom to really devote himself to this research rather than [teaching] or applying for small grants,” said Jensen.

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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