Seafood Processing and Marketing Task Force
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New York Sea Grant has been coordinating a Seafood Processing and Marketing Task Force with Federal, State, and Local agencies, industry groups and extension personnel to address hurdles and opportunities for alternative marketing strategies for seafood in NY State. 

While a variety of resources exist outlining best practices and alternative strategies for marketing seafood products, the specifics of marketing within every state varies significantly due to differences in infrastructure and regulations. Using existing resources and reviewing current regulatory requirements and guidelines the task force has created a series of resource guides that outline the requirements for processing and marketing seafood in New York.

The resources developed include 3 regulatory guides and 9 supplementary resources that provide more detail on the strategies and requirements outlined in the regulatory guides.  


Wednesday, June 30, 2021
3 - 4 pm EST

Access to Capital for NY Seafood Producers | Register | Flyer (pdf)

Are you interested in exploring new markets and expanding your business?

Join New York Sea Grant and partners as we explore a variety of resources and opportunities for NY seafood producers to access capital and expand upon existing and future business ventures.

Some Speakers Include:

 Farm Credit East financial services
 USDA Rural Business Programs guidance on effective business planning
 The Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook small business support and resources.

Sponsored by: 

 New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets


• Contact Dr. Michael Ciaramella at

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

New York Fishermen and Aquaculturists — Are you interested in exploring new markets for your seafood and seafood products?

Join New York Sea Grant and partners for this introductory webinar launching the release of a new set of regulatory guides and topical resources developed to help NY producers navigate the regulatory framework surrounding seafood processing and different avenues of sale for seafood in New York.

There's also a video for this webinar on how to navigate the content within the Seafood Regulatory Guides and Topical Resources ...

Question: Are cultivated oysters defined and labeled as farm raised?

Answer: While there is no state regulation requiring shellfish at retail be labeled as farmed or wild, there is the Federal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation, which requires country of origin and production method be identified for fish and shellfish. So unless exempt, as outlined in the regulation, production method should be listed. You can see the specific regulation in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Guides 1-8

Seafood Guide 1: New York Food Labeling Requirements | PDF

Seafood Guide 2: Enhancing Seafood Safety and Marketability | PDF

Seafood Guide 3: Seafood HACCP | PDF

Seafood Guide 4: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) | PDF

Seafood Guide 5: Sanitation | PDF

Seafood Guide 6: Allergens and Cross-Contact | PDF

Seafood Guide 7: Marketing Seafood | PDF

Seafood Guide 8: Best Practices for Seafood Delivery and Mailing | PDF

Regulatory Guides

Regulatory Guide to Marketing Farmed Seafood in New York | PDF

Regulatory Guide to Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish Marketing in New York | PDF

Regulatory Guide to Marketing Wild Caught Seafood in New York | PDF

Other Guides

Opportunities for Seafood Marketing and Sales on Long Island | PDF

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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 34 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.

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