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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

  • Growing Mussels in the Open Ocean

    The first shellfish aquaculture project permitted in federal waters off the U.S. east coast is expected to begin operating next spring. Learn more about NOAA's role. Read More . . .

  • #AquaScience Chat on Twitter

    What are you wondering about marine aquaculture? Ask NOAA Aquaculture Science Coordinator Dr. Mike Rust on Twitter next Thurs, Oct 23 from 2-3pm EST. Read More . . .

  • #AquaScience Chat Recap

    Read a recap of our recent chat on Twitter with NOAA Aquaculture Science Coordinator Dr. Mike Rust. Read More . . .

  • Farming Seafood for the Planet

    Check out the Aquarium of the Pacific's video on ocean aquaculture, made for NOAA's Science on a Sphere. Read More . . .

  • 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 . . .