NOAA Sea Grant has announced that it will allocate approximately $14 million in federal funding across four strategic areas for improving the US aquaculture sector.

The competitively selected projects will advance early-stage propagation strategies for various aquaculture species, marine finfish juvenile production technologies,

aquaculture collaboratives and establishment of an aquaculture information exchange.

These investments demonstrate Sea Grant’s commitment to sustainably growing US aquaculture throughout coastal and Great Lakes communities,” said Jonathan

Approximately $5.1 million of the funding will be spent over three years to nine research projects that will develop and refine early stage propagation strategies

The funded projects will enhance knowledge of reproduction, hatchery and nursery strategies for aquaculture species including clownfish, lumpfish, seaweeds, oysters, scallops and shrimp, with the overall  goal 

Approximately $3.3 million of the funding will be awarded to four research projects that will advance marine finfish juvenile production technologies for aquaculture

These projects target marine finfish species of interest that were identified by experts for domestic aquaculture expansion – including almaco jack, California yellowtail and striped bass.