Aquaculture Technology Transfer Initiative
The Technology Transfer Initiative seeks to move NOAA-supported innovative technologies and practices that improve the economic and environmental performance of aquaculture to the private sector and others. NOAA supports research (in its labs and science centers as well as through competitive grant programs) that advances aquaculture science and technologies to produce seafood and restore wild populations of shellfish and finfish. Examples may include developing better feeds, siting models, hatchery techniques, health management and more.
NOAA and its partners have made some welcome progress on many fronts with the initiative. See what we have been working on here.
Through the initiative, NOAA is combining its science, R&D, environmental stewardship, and financial assistance capabilities (such as existing grant programs) with investment and participation by private and/or foundation sources.
The Initiative focuses on regional projects and activities that showcase innovative, sustainable aquaculture practices. Projects will be selected based on their ability to achieve one or more of the following:
- result in outcomes that are valuable and transferrable to commercial and/or restoration aquaculture practitioners such as
- show a credible potential to create jobs and business opportunities; and
- show economic viability and run at a scale large enough to show positive impacts.
- result in improvements to ecosystem services resulting from aquaculture such as
- showcase technologies or practices that further the viability of sustainable marine aquaculture;
- demonstrate aquaculture’s role to foster a healthy environment and to mitigate for climate change.
NOAA is combining its science, R&D, environmental stewardship, and financial assistance capabilities (such as existing grant programs) with investment and participation by private and/or foundation sources. NOAA anticipates participation from research institutions and NGO partners, which may share advanced technology, monitor performance indicators, and/or help to develop best practices or market-based standards. The initiative will be implemented with the active involvement of NOAA’s regional offices and science centers, Sea Grant extension network, and other federal, state, local and non-governmental partners.
American expertise and innovation has played a significant role in the development of aquaculture worldwide. The DOC and NOAA policies and this Technology Transfer Initiative will foster innovative practices and developments in the U.S. so that American ingenuity can be applied here at home.
The domestic aquaculture industry, both freshwater and marine, currently supplies about five percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. The cultivation of shellfish (such as oysters, clams, and mussels) comprises about two-thirds of U.S. marine aquaculture. Salmon and shrimp aquaculture contribute about 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Current production takes place mainly on land, in ponds, and in coastal state waters. Go to our 'Aquaculture in the United States' page for more information.
This initiative was announced by the NOAA Administrator on July 11, 2011 as part of the effort to help implement the DOC and NOAA aquaculture policies. The initiative also supports the October 28, 2011 Presidential Memorandum – Accelerating Technology Transfer and Commercialization of Federal Research in Support of High-Growth Businesses and well as NOAA Administrative Order 201-103, which promotes technology transfer and commercial development of federally developed technology in particular.