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The mission of the Office of Aquaculture is to foster marine aquaculture that creates employment and business opportunities in coastal communities; provides safe, sustainable seafood; and supports healthy ocean populations and ecosystems.

Aquaculture is one of a range of technologies needed to meet increasing global demand for seafood, support commercial and recreational fisheries, and restore species and marine habitat.

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Welcome to the Office of Aquaculture

  • Opportunities Expand for US Aquaculture

    NOAA published a final rule implementing our nation’s first regional regulatory program for offshore aquaculture in federal waters. Read More . . .

  • New Aquaculture Strategic Plan

    The NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture recently published its FY2016-2020 Fisheries Marine Aquaculture Strategic Plan. Read More . . .

  • Longline Aquaculture Workshop Summary

    July 11: In September 2015, 44 experts in aquaculture, commercial fishing gear technology, marine sciences, and protected species met to discuss longline aquaculture gear. Read More . . .

  • From farm to your table

    You may have heard of “Farm to Table” in terms of vegetables, but there’s a similar concept in shellfish aquaculture. Oyster farms deliver fresh, healthy, protein-packed oysters to your table, and the popularity of their products is growing. Read More . . .

  • Oyster Bar 101

    With oyster aquaculture production on the rise in many regions of the United States, more and more people are finding themselves at oyster bars. Read More . . .

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