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NOAA Recommends $4.8m for 16 Saltonstall-Kennedy Aquaculture Projects

June 25, 2015

Today, NOAA Fisheries announced that it is recommending a total of 88 projects for $25 million under the 2014-2015 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant Program. This includes $4.8 million for 16 aquaculture projects from all regions of the country. These projects cover the breadth of finfish, shellfish and macroalgae aquaculture and address themes of increasing the supply, quality and diversification of domestic seafood and maximizing fishing opportunities and jobs. The 16 recommended projects are listed in the table below.

You can find out more about the SK Grant Program and the remaining recommended projects here.

At this point in the selection process, the application approval and obligation of funds is not final. Divisions of NOAA and the Department of Commerce must still give final approval for the projects, and successful applications will receive funding in the near future.

Aquaculture Projects

Proposal Number Applicant Project Title Federal Amount Requested: Total
15PIRSK29 Fresh Island Fish Company, Inc Commercial Scale Sustainable Feed for Aquaculture Development in Hawaii $400,000.00
15WCR010 Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute Nutritional approaches in larval marine fish culture to maximize fish production and quality for stocking and farming programs $399,643.00
15WCR025 Pacific Shellfish Institute Quantification of functional relationships between shellfish culture and seagrass in US west Coast estuaries to inform regulatory decisions $295,192.00
15WCR005 Fish Breeders of Idaho INC. Sustainable aquaculture feed from processed aquaculture trim:
 This proposal will target the use of fish processing trimmings from aquaculture fish to make and test fish feeds
15PIRSK01 University of Hawaii Diversification of Income for Fishing Communities in the FSM and Republic of the Marshall Islands through Low-input Sustainable Aquaculture of Marine Invertebrates for the Marine Ornamental Trade $236,042.00
15WCR013 Iowa State University of Science and Technology Development of a genomic toolkit to guide broodstock selection and culture practices for Seriola lalandi and Seriola rivoliana $298,480.00

15AKR009 Alaska Department of Fish and Game Genetic stock structures of red sea cucumbers and geoduck clams in Alaska and development of a genetic framework for stock enhancement $218,398.00
15SER002 Texas A&M AgriLife Research Application of Dry-Extrusion Technology Using By-Products from Seafood Processing to Produce Novel Marine Ingredients for Aquafeeds $288,845.00
15WCR012 Iowa State University of Science and Technology Development of a genomic toolkit for Haliotis species to guide broodstock selection and endangered species restoration $281,563.00
15GAR056 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Protecting the Chesapeake Bay Aquaculture Industry from a Dynamic Carbonate Chemistry Environment $353,766.00
15WCR040 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Development of a Greenwater Alternative for Larval Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) $389,049.00
15WCR034 SOL-SEA LTD Production of Macroalgae for Human Consumption in the Pacific Northwest:Controls for production methods,Product Quality and Consumer Response $268,356.00
15WCR024 Pacific Shellfish Institute Development of red sea cucumber (Parastichopus californicus) poly-aquaculture for nutrient uptake and seafood export $392,752.00
15GAR040 Manomet, Inc. Municipal outreach for restoring and growing the softshell clam industry in Maine through aquaculture $287,775.00
15SER044 The University of Texas at Austin Increasing Fishing Opportunities and Creating Jobs through Baitfish Aquaculture $271,514.00
15GAR028 University of Connecticut Development and field testing of novel antifouling coatings for the aquaculture industry $336,025.00
Total Funding Recommended $4,763,458.00