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The mission of the Office of Aquaculture is to foster marine aquaculture that creates employment and business opportunities in coastal communities; provides safe, sustainable seafood; and supports healthy ocean populations and ecosystems.

Aquaculture is one of a range of technologies needed to meet increasing global demand for seafood, support commercial and recreational fisheries, and restore species and marine habitat.

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Welcome to the Office of Aquaculture

  • Video: Chesapeake Oyster Farming

    Watch our new video and meet Johnny Shockley, a Chesapeake Oyster farmer. Read More . . .

  • Draft Marine Aquaculture Strategic Plan

    The Office of Aquaculture seeks public input on the Draft Strategic Plan for Marine Aquaculture. Read More . . .

  • NOAA Scientist Ranked with World's Top

    Gary Wikfors of NOAA’s Milford Lab is the twelfth most productive oyster researcher in the world. Read More . . .

  • Shellfish Aquaculture - Ask Us Anything!

    Did you know that shellfish aquaculture could help our bays and estuaries? NOAA scientists Julie Rose and Suzanne Bricker took to Reddit to answer questions. Read More . . .

  • Hawaiian Oysters are Back

    What does it take to farm oysters in a Hawaiian fishpond - and what does it mean for the future of Hawai'i aquaculture? Read More . . .

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