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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 November 12, 2020











Seafood display by Vanda Lewis (North Carolina Sea Grant)

News and Updates


Timely Information 

  • USDA has announced the implementation of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2). USDA will accept CFAP 2 applications now through December 11, 2020. More information on CFAP 2 eligibility and payment details related to aquaculture is available here.
    • Aquaculture commodities eligible for CFAP 2 include 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.  
  • USDA is making available approximately $530 million through the Seafood Trade Relief Program to assist fishermen, with a deadline to apply by December 14, 2020. More infomation at Locate your local FSA office here.
  • NOAA Fisheries recently announced federal waters off southern California and in the Gulf of Mexico as the first two regions to host Aquaculture Opportunity Areas. The selection of these regions is the first step in a process designed to establish 10 AOAs nationwide by 2025. Learn more about Aquaculture Opportunity Areas here.
    • NOAA Fisheries invites public comment on two aspects of AOAs during a 60-day public comment period. The agency is requesting information on (1) specific areas to consider for the first two Aquaculture Opportunity Areas within the Gulf of Mexico and waters off Southern California; and (2) other areas NOAA should consider nationally for future Aquaculture Opportunity Areas. The deadline for comments is December 22, 2020. View the request for information.
    • As part of the comment period NOAA is hosting four public listening sessions. The listening sessions will consist of a brief presentation on AOAs followed by an opportunity for listeners to provide verbal comments to the agency. Each will focus on a specific region or national comments, but comments on each topic will be accepted at all meetings. No registration is required for the public listening sessions. Participants that wish to join a call should use the links listed below. Meeting access starts 20 minutes prior to the scheduled meeting start time. 
  • California Sea Grant and Save Our Shores is pleased to present a short introduction to three of the restoration and conservation oriented aquaculture activities underway in California. Tune in Thursday, November 19 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. PT, and hear about endangered white abalone’s road to recovery, efforts to rebuild decimated Olympia oyster populations, and sea urchin ranching with a view to restore our kelp forests. Register here.
  • Sea Grant's new seafood resources hires include:
    • Emily Tucker (Connecticut Sea Grant)
    • David Crisostomo (University of Guam Sea Grant)
    • Cherie Kauahi (Hawai'i Sea Grant)
    • Theo Willis (Lake Champlain Sea Grant)
    • Danny Badger (MIT Sea Grant)
    • Emma Forbes (New York Sea Grant)
    • Nicole Wright (Ohio Sea Grant)
    • Catherine Schluter (Rhode Island Sea Grant)
    • Brandii Holmdahl (Washington Sea Grant)
    • Nicole Naar (Washington Sea Grant)
    • Sharon Moen (Wisconsin Sea Grant)
  • Check out Sea Grant's COVID-19 rapid response investments to support the U.S. aquaculture industry.
  • 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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