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Structure of the Office of Aquaculture

NOAA's aquaculture program draws on managerial, policy, and scientific expertise from across the agency and is coordinated by the Office of Aquaculture at NOAA Fisheries headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The Aquaculture Office works with personnel in NOAA's other line offices, Regional Offices, and Fisheries Science Centers as well as with its federal, state, local, tribal, and academic partners.

Line Offices

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Since 2008, NOAA has been expanding its aquaculture efforts by establishing Regional Coordinators around the country.  This allows better attention to and awareness of region-specific issues.  The office has Regional Aquaculture Coordinators in the

NOAA Fisheries Science Centers

NOAA engages in aquaculture research at many of its labs and science centers.  Research explores a wide spectrum of relevant issues including the culture of specific species, life-cycle analysis, alternative feeds, ocean acidification, and habitat benefits and impacts.  A well-integrated aquaculture research program includes studies of the culture of fish and shellfish to develop methods suitable for commercial use as well as for stock enhancement and restoration.

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science