Grants for Aquaculture

Aquaculture involves farming of both marine and freshwater plants and animals, usually fish and aquatic plants. It is more commonly known as fish farming and can be done in the open sea or ocean, or in a closed-tank setup. It uses some form of controls to make sure that the organisms grow in optimum conditions and yield maximum production. In the United States, federal grants for aquaculture are given to assist aquaculture producers in developing technology and know-how in order to increase production and availability of our marine resources.

At present there are several grants that fish farmers can avail of to help them in their efforts to counteract the declining natural fish stocks in the country. Our supply of marine fish has steadily been reduced due to massive overfishing and, as scientist are now discovering, due to environmental change as well. Qualified applicants are highly encouraged to avail of these federal grants for aquaculture to help the general population of the country.

Hawaiian Fisheries Development Project – As part of the Aquaculture Program, this project aims to increase the production and enhance the current stock of marine finfish in the country. It is also geared towards the promotion of sustainable fish farming industry for similar high-value fish. Eligible to apply for this grant are private non-profit institutions with scientific research missions. The average amount of financial assistance given is $654,000 annually. More information can be obtained here:

Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center
National Marine Fisheries Service
2570 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822
Telephone: (808) 983-5374. Fax: (808) 983-2902

Chesapeake Bay Fisheries Science – This grant is given to help identify scientific management procedures geared towards the restoration and protection of organisms and the environment where they live, specifically the resident fish and shellfish, blue catfish, and soft cam. It also aims to monitor and assess their status and evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented management plans. The grant amount can reach up to $2 million for 10 to 15 projects with each one receiving from $50,000 to $100,000. You can contact the following for more information:

NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
410 Severn Avenue, Suite 107A
Annapolis, MD 21403
Telephone: 410-267-5676 Fax: 410-267-5666

Alaska Region Marine Education and Training Grant Program – This grant is aimed at improving and solving issues involved in marine resources through training, education and communications. It is also given to augment scientific research and education for professions related to the marine industry among the residents of coastal communities in Alaska. The grant amount is about $500,000 and is contingent upon the congressional appropriations for the FY2011. You can get more information here:

Alaska Regional Office
709 W. 9th Street, Juneau, Alaska 99801
Telephone: (907) 586-7845

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