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International Collaboration


We collaborate with international partners on a broad range of activities related to research, technology development, and management of marine aquaculture. International cooperation is essential for NOAA to meet many of its goals to advance marine aquaculture in the United States. Working with other nations in areas of mutual interest allows NOAA to leverage the expertise, research advancements, and regulatory approaches of its international partners.

Benefits of International Cooperation

Our international work on marine aquaculture research and management is focused on achieving four goals:

  • Encourage and foster a sustainable U.S. aquaculture industry.
  • Promote global environmental stewardship.
  • Support human health and well-being.
  • Improve global and domestic seafood security.

International collaboration can take many forms, such as supporting exchanges with international researchers, developing regional aquaculture management agreements, and providing trade and industry services. Such collaboration can help achieve our international goals through:

  • Greater access to scientific and management expertise.
  • Cost-sharing for joint initiatives.
  • Expanded market access for U.S. products, equipment, and technologies.
  • Improved safety and sustainability of imported seafood.
  • Increased conservation of marine resources.
  • Accelerated development and transfer of new technologies and practices.
  • Development of scientific exchange communities and networks that include industry and nongovernmental organization participants.

Key Partnerships

The Office of Aquaculture works on a variety of international treaty obligations and bilateral/trilateral arrangements and through a variety of international organizations. Key partnerships include:

Bilateral Agreements

NOAA Fisheries regularly holds consultations with many countries and fishing entities to exchange views and enlist support for U.S. aquaculture, fisheries trade, and management initiatives. The U.S. government currently has bilateral agreements with:

  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • European Union
  • France
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Norway