Feds to Provide Grant Funds Available For Aquaculture

WASHINGTON – NOAA Fisheries has provided $1.5 million to support pilot projects as part of their efforts to foster responsible aquaculture and seafood security in the U.S.

The grants will be managed by the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commissions.

The U.S. currently has a $14 billion deficit in its seafood trade. Aquaculture is the third most valuable fishery in new England.

As some wild stocks continue to decline, the hope is to provide healthy and sustainable habitats and resources.

$450,000 will be made available by each commission to expand seafood farming operations and production.

The programs will also help with development and deployment of economically and environmentally sustainable farming techniques and business practices.

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