The United States already has a vibrant aquaculture community, but in a global context it’s quite small. One way we’re hoping to expand our aquaculture domestic aquaculture production is by establishing Aquaculture Opportunity Areas.
Aquaculture Opportunity Areas are small, defined geographic areas that have been evaluated to determine its potential suitability for commercial aquaculture. Using scientific analysis and public engagement, we will identify areas that are environmentally, socially, and economically appropriate for commercial aquaculture. Once established, these areas can expand economic opportunities in coastal and rural areas and increase seafood security.