NOAA Fisheries to provide grants for aquaculture initiatives

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission among the agencies to distribute funding for pilot projects.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Aquaculture pilot projects nationwide were invited to apply for up to $1.5 million in grants to support seafood security and responsible fish farming efforts, it was announced by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) staff.

Grants would be provided by the NOAA Fisheries to support pilot projects through the Interstate Marine Fisheries Commissions.

“These competitive grants will be managed through the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commissions,” NOAA officials stated.

NOAA Fisheries will allocate $450,000 to each commission “to expand seafood farming operations and production to offset the $14 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,” NOAA Fisheries staff said in a released statement. “The programs also emphasize the development and deployment of economically and environmentally sustainable aquatic farming techniques and business practices.”

Proposals must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2018.

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