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NOAA Fisheries Celebrates Aquaculture Week

September 25-29, 2017

Aquaculture—also known as fish or shellfish farming—supplies half the seafood eaten in the United States and abroad.

Although we continue to rebuild our domestic fisheries stocks, most of the seafood needed for a growing planet will come from aquaculture.

Researchers and aquaculture producers are "farming" all kinds of freshwater and marine species of fish, shellfish, and plants. Aquaculture produces food fish, sport fish, bait fish, ornamental fish, crustaceans, mollusks, algae, sea vegetables, and fish eggs.

This #AquacultureWeek, check out these related features and videos to learn more about aquaculture in the United States.

Aquaculture Week 2017 Leadership Message

We are kicking off National Seafood Month a little early this week by putting a special spotlight on aquaculture, including the vital role it plays in the seafood supply, jobs and opportunities in coastal communities, and species and habitat restoration. Read more about aquaculture.

Marine Aquaculture: A Promising Future

Learn how aquaculture creates an opportunity for commercial fishermen, who are beginning to look to aquaculture as a complement to their fishing activities. Watch the video.

Meet Bill Dewey, Shellfish Farmer

Meet Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington. A biologist by training, Bill owns and runs his own clam farm in addition to his job at Taylor. Learn about the history of shellfish farming in the Pacific Northwest, the unique role aquaculture and the tidelands play in the local culture and economy, and the techniques used to farm oysters, clams, mussels, and geoducks. Watch the video.

Restorating Native Shellfish: The Kenneth K.Chew Shellfish Hatchery

The Olympia oyster is the only oyster species native to the Pacific Northwest coast of the U.S. Populations are down and habitat is depleted for these oysters, and this new native shellfish hatchery has come online to help recover their populations. Watch the video.

A Closer Look at South Carolina Oyster Farming

Learn how one man finds success on the half shell. Partnerships like Lady’s Island Oysters and the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium are the key to ensuring aquaculture’s future is sustainable — and delicious. Read his story.

Aquaculture Explained

What is aquaculture? What are some of the economic and health benefits it offers? Dive deeper into aquaculture and its benefits