As part of our efforts to foster responsible aquaculture and seafood security in the United States, NOAA Fisheries is supporting aquaculture pilot projects through the nation’s Interstate Marine Fisheries Commissions. These competitive grants are managed through the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commissions.
Each Commission makes funds available to expand seafood farming operations and production to offset the $17 billion seafood trade deficit in the U.S. Through these pilot projects, emphasis is being placed on promising but less commercially developed technologies for finfish, shellfish, seaweed, and other relative newcomers to the domestic aquaculture industry. The programs also emphasize the development and deployment of economically and environmentally sustainable aquatic farming techniques and business practices.
Information on eligibility and specific application requirements for each region can be found on Commission websites.