Welcome to National Aquaculture Week, when we celebrate those who increase our access to fresh seafood while protecting coastal resources. Seafood farming, if done responsibly as it is in the United States, is increasingly recognized as one of the most environmentally sustainable ways to produce food and protein. Marine aquaculture can expand and stabilize the U.S. seafood supply in the face of environmental change and economic uncertainty.
NOAA’s Tide to Table series profiles members of the aquaculture community, who provide valuable jobs and increase access to fresh, sustainably sourced American seafood. Aquaculture is more than seafood production. It is about ecosystem stewardship, coastal communities, and economic opportunities.
National Aquaculture Week 2023 Features
Tide to Table Profile: Superior Fresh
Superior Fresh is a family-run farm, and at 13-acres the largest indoor hydroponics system in the world, growing sustainable salmon and organic leafy greens in Wisconsin.
Tide to Table Profile: Holdfast Aquaculture
Holdfast Aquaculture fosters sustainability from the bottom of the food chain through seaweeds and shellfish, like oysters and mussels in southern California.
Tide to Table Profile: Turtle Creek Aquaculture
Turtle Creek Aquaculture is growing sustainable redfish, or red drum, in coastal Texas. This family-owned and operated farm uses outdoor ponds to prioritize raising fish in harmony with the local environment.
Tide to Table Profile: Island Creek Oysters
Island Creek Oysters in New England's Duxbury Bay is dedicated to growing food that is good for people and the environment. The company runs its own shellfish hatchery, has retail stores in Duxbury and Portland, Maine, and owns a group of Boston restaurants.
Video: The Mighty Oyster
This Mighty Oyster video by NOAA's Milford Laboratory in Connecticut spotlights these important shellfish and the ecosystem services they provide.
StoryMap: Farming from Tide to Table
NOAA's Tide to Table series profiles members of the aquaculture community who provide valuable jobs and increase access to fresh, sustainably sourced American seafood. Explore this ArcGIS Story Map to learn about aquaculture growers across the country and pick up a few new recipes, too!
Podcast Episode: Seaweed: The Miracle Macroalgae with Major Economic and Environmental Value
Listen to the newest episode of Dive In with NOAA Fisheries to discover the versatility of seaweed and the contributions of seaweed farming—or seaweed aquaculture—to working waterfronts and environmental sustainability.
2022 Tide to Table Profiles
- Carteret Community College Aquaculture Technology, North Carolina
- Swell Oyster Co., New Hampshire
- Barrier Beauties Oysters, Texas
- Alaska Shellfish Farms, Alaska
- Kauaʻi Sea Farms, Hawaii
- Monterey Bay Seaweeds, California
2021 Tide to Table Profiles
- Blue Ocean Mariculture, Hawaii
- Atlantic Sea Farms, Maine
- Two Docks Shellfish, Florida
- Hog Island Oyster Co., California
- Hump Island Oyster Company, Alaska
- Swinomish Shellfish Company, Washington