6 cool Northeast aquaculture science collaborations to follow

Six aquaculture collaborations and partnerships helping to solve tomorrow’s aquaculture challenges like disease, ocean acidification, and climate change.

Collage of six photos. Three photos are of oysters, mussels, and sugar kelp being farmed. Three photos are of oysters, mussels, and kelp served as seafood. “Six Cool Northeast Aquaculture Science Collaborations to Follow”

With increasing demand for seafood, aquaculture can be a sustainable food source with many social, environmental, and economic benefits. NOAA aquaculture research in the Northeast focuses on farming finfish, shellfish, and sea vegetables. Marine aquaculture is a resource-efficient method of increasing and diversifying U.S. seafood production. It can expand and stabilize the U.S. seafood supply in the face of environmental change and economic uncertainty. Currently, U.S. aquaculture represents 21 percent of the total national seafood production by value. Aquaculture is also a powerful tool that supports species and habitat restoration. Our scientists at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center work with partners around the globe to provide essential information for the public, industry, and policymakers. Here are six aquaculture collaborations to keep your eye on in 2022.

1. The Northeast Oyster Breeding Center

2. OY15 Probiotic Bacteria for Shellfish Hatcheries

3. Ocean Acidification and Aquaculture

Coastal industries including aquaculture feel the impacts of ocean acidification directly. With carbon dioxide emissions on the rise, aquaculture operations need to adapt to changes in ocean chemistry. Focusing on the coasts of New England and Nova Scotia, the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN), including our James J. Howard and Milford Labs, works with national and international partners to understand how ocean acidification will affect aquaculture. They use their diverse expertise to identify future needs for sustainable aquaculture.

Two female lab technicians weigh and measure young oysters, and one of them records the measurements on a laptop computer with a lab setting in the background.
Milford Lab Technicians Anna Alvarado and Erin Cuyler measure and weigh oysters as part of an ocean acidification experiment.

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4. Northeast Finfish Aquaculture

5. The Future of Seaweed Aquaculture in the United States

6. Fish Metabolism in Response to Climate Change

NOAA Fisheries, 4 November 2021. Full article.

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