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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 September 14, 2021












Seafood display by Vanda Lewis (North Carolina Sea Grant)

News and Updates


Timely Information  

  • Under the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better. In particular, they are interested in working on seafood development initiatives. EDA is making this funding available through a series of six innovative challenges. Deadlines vary. Learn more.
  • NOAA Fisheries and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) seek public comment on the two Regulatory Efficiency and Science Planning Task Force draft strategic plans. These two plans establish a road map for federal agencies to increase the overall effectiveness and productivity of federal aquaculture regulation, research, and technology transfer. The 45-day comment period for both plans is open through September 18, 2021.
  • USDA will accept new and modified Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) applications through October 12, 2021. USDA has updated CFAP 2 to include contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry and producers of specialty crops and other sales-based commodities, such as aquaculture. Aquaculture eligible for CFAP 2 includes: 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. For more info click here.
  • The latest information on the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL, and SVO Grant Program can be found here.
  • NOAA is soliciting proposals to increase our understanding of the combined impacts of multiple stressors, including harmful algal blooms, deoxygenation, ocean acidification, and increasing temperatures, on the function and health of marine ecosystems within the context of climate change. Letters of intent are due October 4, 2021.
  • The USDA Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP) provides financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, as determined by the Secretary. Learn about updates recently announced to the program in this webinar recording (note: registration is necessary to view).
  • NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Recreational Information Program has published a new Data User Handbook. It provides fisheries analysts and stock assessors with detailed information about downloading, exporting, querying, and analyzing the agency’s marine recreational fishing data.
  • NOAA Fisheries' Guide to Federal Aquaculture Grant Services is now available. The guide focuses on federal grant programs that aquaculture producers, researchers, and other stakeholders may be eligible for and will be updated periodically to highlight any changes or new opportunities.
  • The SBA is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000.
  • 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.
  • Sea Grant's recent seafood resources hires include:
    • Patrick Blaufuss (Wisconsin Sea Grant)
    • Sarah Pedigo (South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium)
    • Bill Walton (formerly with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, now with Virginia 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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