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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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  • U.S. Marine Aquaculture Steadily Growing

    The NOAA Fisheries annual summary report on recreational and commercial fishing landings shows steady growth for U.S. marine aquaculture. Read More . . .

  • Marine Aquaculture in Your Region

    Explore a sampling of the NOAA aquaculture collaborations occurring across the United States. Read More . . .

  • NOAA Aquaculture Research Featured

    NOAA scientists contributed feature articles in the aquaculture-themed November issue of Fisheries journal. Read More . . .

  • Aquaculture Highlights from 2014

    The Office of Aquaculture's Director, Dr. Michael Rubino, discusses some 2014 aquaculture highlights. Read More . . .

  • New Guide for Shellfish Growers

    Check out the new guide released by the Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture to help shellfish growers navigate the permit process Read More . . .