The Office of Aquaculture collaborates 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:
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:
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:
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:
The Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commissions are each making $450,000 available to expand seafood farming operations and production to offset the $14 billion seafood trade deficit in the US. 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.
The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2018. Information on eligibility and specific application requirements for each region can be found on Commission websites.
This section provides links to documents containing both industry-driven and government mandated Best Management Practices. This list provides examples of some prominent BMP documents, but is by no means an exhaustive list. NOAA does not advocate for any organization or any such practices.
This section contains contact information for a variety of shellfish aquaculture stakeholder groups.
State Aquaculture Coordinators
The state aquaculture coordinators may not be the permitting authority for shellfisheries;...
As part of our efforts to foster responsible aquaculture and seafood security in the US, NOAA Fisheries has provided $1.5 million to support aquaculture pilot projects through the nation’s Interstate Marine Fisheries Commissions. These competitive grants...
The National Aquatic Animal Health Plan (NAAHP) was developed in response to the growing need for a coordinated government effort to ensure aquatic animal health. Officials from federal, state, local, and tribal governments have been working in partnership...