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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 October 15, 2020











Seafood display by Vanda Lewis (North Carolina Sea Grant)

News and Updates


Timely Information 


  • Virginia Tech and Ohio State's survey to quantify the effects of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on commercial aquaculture, aquaponics or allied businesses during the third quarter of 2020 is now open. Please provide responses based on the period of time between June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020, before 11:59p ET on October 23, 2020. Access the survey here
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture is requesting public input on their Agriculture Innovation Agenda. As an important and growing segment of U.S. agriculture, both marine and fresh water aquaculture stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments before November 9, 2020. More information, including a link to provide comments, can be found here.
  • USDA has announced the implementation of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2). USDA will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21, 2020 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 sign-up start date of September 14, 2020. More infomation at Locate your local FSA office here.
  • Sea Grant's Seafood Resources Contacts have been updated with information for new hires Emily Tucker (Connecticut Sea Grant), David Crisostomo (University of Guam Sea Grant), Cherie Kauahi (Hawai'i Sea Grant), Emma Forbes (New York Sea Grant), and Brandii Holmdahl (Washington Sea Grant).
  • A new section was added to this page with links to Sea Grant Aquaculture Hubs. Learn more below.
  • 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.
  • Regarding oyster farm operations in Washington state, Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a court order that vacated (i.e., set aside) Nationwide Permit 48 in the State of Washington. To address some questions about this litigation, the National Sea Grant Law Center has prepared an overview of the court’s decision and its potential national implications. The Ninth Circuit has set the following schedule for the appeal: Opening briefs from the appellants are due September 28, 2020 with the answering briefs due October 28.
  • Hawaii Sea Grant has hired Bradley (Kai) Fox as the program's new aquaculture extension specialist.
  • Texas Sea Grant has hired Mario Marquez as the program’s new aquaculture specialist.
  • North Carolina Sea Grant has hired Eric Herbst to serve as its coastal aquaculture specialist.
  • The National Sea Grant Law Center has updated a tip sheet on PPP loan forgiveness following the passage of the PPP Flexibility Act and release of new application forms from the SBA. The tip sheet is available here.
  • SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses, which includes businesses engaged in raising of aquaculture. More information here.
  • The National Sea Grant Law Center issued advice on unemployment benefits and returning to work on their COVID-19 Resources page. They also have an update on the new SBA guidance for how to calculate the loan amount for seasonal employers under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
    • "Previously, seasonal businesses had to calculate their maximum loan amount using their monthly average payroll costs for a 12-week period beginning either on February 15, 2019 or March 1, 2019. Recognizing that some seasonal businesses do not operate until later in the year, the new rule for seasonal businesses allows them to use any consecutive 12-week period between May 1, 2019 and September 15, 2019 for determining their maximum loan amounts. We would recommend that any seasonal business that already has submitted a PPP loan application to contact its lender about the potential change to its loan calculation. For businesses who still haven’t applied, they can use the new dates on their applications. Since the funds have been going so fast, this current round of funding may go quickly, but it is good for businesses to get their loans in the system in case more funds become available the future."



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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