National Sea Grant Awards $16 million to Advance U.S. Aquaculture
Seafood Safety and Technology - Press Release

New York, NY, September 19, 2019 - Sea Grant announces $16 million in federal funding awards to fill important gaps in aquaculture knowledge, advancement of existing efforts and development of new possibilities.

This year's awards include a federal commitment of $16 million (over up to three years depending on the project) through three targeted programs. The three funding programs represent specific areas of need for U.S. aquaculture and build on the foundation Sea Grant, NOAA and others have built with investments over the last several years.

Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs: Ten projects will develop integrated teams of professionals focused on accelerating the development of specific aquaculture topics. These teams will establish a collaborative program 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.

  • Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities: Sixteen projects will focus on the development of new, and at times higher-risk, topics for which minimal foundation currently exists to inform and focus potential future investments.

  • Social, Economic, and Behavioral Research Needs in Aquaculture: Sixteen projects will address critical gaps in social, behavioral, and economic knowledge.

New York Sea Grant is leading and/or involved in three projects ...

  • A three-year, $1 million, multi-state Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative project (led by Minnesota Sea Grant) designed to help Great Lakes states respond to consumer demand for freshwater fish and a $14 billion national seafood trade deficit identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service. 

  • In New York's marine waters, NYSG is designated for two additional projects, including: 

    (1) A $1.2 million collaborative effort (led by NYSG) with Cornell University, Rutgers University, Stony Brook University, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences to develop a hard clam selective breeding program to benefit clam farmers.

    (2) A nearly $1.1 million collaborative effort (led by Connecticut Sea Grant) with partners in several states to establish a National Sea Grant Seaweed Hub to serve seaweed-related aquaculture stakeholders.

For more information on the Sea Grant announcement of $16 million in federal funding to advance sustainable aquaculture in the U.S., see:

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

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