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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

  • Probiotics on the Shellfish Farm

    NOAA Fisheries scientists are developing new, environmentally friendly technology to increase yields at oyster hatcheries. Read More . . .

  • Aquaculture in the Caribbean

    NOAA and partners release Best Management Practices for fish farming and healthy ecosystems in the U.S. Caribbean. Read More . . .

  • October is National Seafood Month

    Dig into our seafood story collection and learn more about NOAA's role in sustainable seafood, science and stewardship. Read More . . .

  • Growing Mussels in the Open Ocean

    The first shellfish aquaculture project permitted in federal waters off the U.S. east coast is expected to begin operating next spring. Learn more about NOAA's role. Read More . . .

  • #AquaScience Chat on Twitter

    What are you wondering about marine aquaculture? Ask NOAA Aquaculture Science Coordinator Dr. Mike Rust on Twitter next Thurs, Oct 23 from 2-3pm EST. Read More . . .