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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.
 

NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center has a successful record of transferring technology to private companies for salmon and sablefish culture, cage design, and use of fish processing trimmings in aquafeeds. (credit: NOAA Aquaculture Office)

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:

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.

Background

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.