About the National Marine Aquaculture Initiative
NOAA launched the National Marine Aquaculture Initiative (NMAI) in 1998 to encourage scientific research and development to support a robust, sustainable domestic marine aquaculture industry. The competition fosters dynamic partnerships that channel resources toward the development of sustainable aquaculture technologies. Projects often involve partnerships among commercial companies, research institutions, universities, state governments, and coastal communities.
At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center (ABC) produces a large number of genetically-distinct oyster spawns each season. Here, a researcher peers at tiny oyster spat. (credit: NOAA Aquaculture Office)
NMAI is coordinated by NOAA Sea Grant and the NOAA Aquaculture Office and emphasizes the “Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply” goals stated in Sea Grant's National Strategic Plan. Those goals are
- A sustainable supply of safe seafood to meet public demand;
- A healthy domestic seafood industry that produces, processes, and markets seafood responsibly and efficiently; and
- Informed consumers who understand the importance of ecosystem health and sustainable harvesting practices to the future of our domestic fisheries, who appreciate the health benefits of seafood consumption, and who understand how to evaluate the safety of the seafood products they buy.
2014 NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research
Depending on the availability of funds, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have up to $3,000,000 available for a national competition to fund new FY 2014 marine aquaculture research projects. This is part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes aquaculture.
- Research to inform pending, regulatory decisions on the local, state, or federal level leading to an information product-- such as a tool, technology, template, or model-- needed to make final decisions on a specific question regarding impacts of aquaculture;
- Public-private research partnerships that address specific, current problems that limit a steady supply of marine or Great Lakes fingerlings;
- Social and/or economic research targeted to understand aquaculture issues in a larger context.
- Pre-proposals must be received by electronic mail to the National Sea Grant Office by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 21, 2014.
- Full proposals are due from applicants to the state Sea Grant Program by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 5, 2014. (State Sea Grant Programs must forward all full proposal applications to Grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 30, 2014.)
for information about the 2014 Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Competition, click here.
In 2012, NOAA Sea Grant's 'National Marine Aquaculture Initiative' made $3.2 million available through a Sea Grant Aquaculture Research competitive grants program. Funds supported marine aquaculture research projects as part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture.
Priorities for the FY'12 competition included
- research to inform specific regulatory decisions;
- research that supports multi-use spatial planning; and
- socio-economic research targeted to understand aquaculture in a larger context.
In April 2010, NOAA announced that the 'National Marine Aquaculture Initiative' would make funds available through two grant opportunities: Aquaculture Research and Aquaculture Extension and Technology Transfer. These competitive grants made up to $6 million available to fund aquaculture research projects and up to $4.8 million to fund aquaculture extension efforts.
The NOAA 2008-2009 National Marine Aquaculture Initiative grants competition distributed over $6.6 million in competitive grants among 30 projects. Please see below for the list of recipients.
List of Grant Recipients for 2008 (pdf, 30 kb)
The NOAA 2006-2007 National Marine Aquaculture Initiative distributed $7.2 million in competitive grants among 25 sustainable marine aquaculture demonstration and research projects. Please see below for the list of grant recipients.
- Sea Grant Question-and-Answer webpage
- List of Research Projects Funded through the Initiative (1999-2004) (pdf, 56 kb)