NOAA Aquaculture Program Newsletter
March 2010

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Hello and welcome to the second edition of the NOAA Aquaculture Program newsletter.  We certainly received a lot of supportive feedback on the initial issue last month.  Something readers pointed out was that - although they were familiar with U.S. aquaculture - they were not very familiar with NOAA's program. Well, we'd like to change that. To find out more about our program, go to our website.


NOAA, along with many other agencies, was front and center in San Diego last month at the Aquaculture 2010 conference. Over 3,000 people representing researchers, growers, resource agencies, businesses, and academia participated. One group that attracted lots of positive attention was the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science's aquaculture team. Along with their professor, Dr. Daniel Benetti, this team of rising stars highlighted the type of positive energy that will be the driver for marine aquaculture in the U.S. and abroad.  Dan and his students are currently transferring methods they developed for growing cobia and goggle-eye for use as bait in recreational fisheries to private sector partners. These entrepreneurs are creating jobs from coastal communities to seafood marketing to producers of alternative feeds for aquaculture.


With over 25 NOAA presentations at the conference, it's hard to highlight everyone -- there were so many presentations that really are advancing our knowledge.  Some of our researchers from the NOAA Northeast Fishery Science Center's Milford Lab - including Gary Wikfors, Mark Dixon, and Diane Kapareiko - presented very promising research on the environmental and nutritional aspects of oyster culture. Mark will be coming with Yaqin Li and April Croxton to the NOAA Silver Spring offices in May to present more of their findings.


Speaking of energetic, this spring promises to be an energetic one for NOAA as we prepare to host 'listening sessions' around the country in April to hear recommendations from the public that will help the agency develop a new national policy for sustainable marine aquaculture. We will also accept online comments and there will be a national call-in in May. Details are listed below. I encourage you to share your thoughts with us.


Finally, NOAA is recruiting for two positions in the Aquaculture Program. Many of you who receive this newsletter would be great candidates for these jobs or know someone who would be interested. Please help us spread the word. The deadline for applications is April 20, 2010. Details are listed below.

NOAA to Convene Aquaculture Listening Sessions

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will convene a series of 'listening sessions' to hear recommendations from the public that will help the agency develop a new national policy for sustainable marine aquaculture. Dates for the listening sessions are as follows:

  • April 14 - Narragansett, Rhode Island
  • April 19 - New Orleans, Louisiana
  • April 22 - Seattle, Washington
  • April 27 - Honolulu, Hawaii
  • April 29 - Menlo Park, California
  • May 6 - National Call-in (toll free line)
The NOAA aquaculture listening sessions and national call-in will be an open forum for the public to make recommendations to NOAA officials regarding a new policy that will address all forms of marine aquaculture. Details on the specific locations and times for the regional listening sessions will be posted on the NOAA Aquaculture Program website. The agency also will accept public comment through the web from April 6  through May 14, 2010.

Two Job Opportunities with NOAA's Aquaculture Program Announced


NOAA is seeking candidates for two positions within the NOAA Aquaculture Program headquarters office. The deadline for both applications is April 20, 2010. The first position, a Fish and Wildlife Administrator, will serve as the Deputy Program Manager and will provide day-to-day oversight of the Aquaculture Program staff, office, and budget. The Deputy Manager also will coordinate other aspects of the program and represent the program at meetings. For more details, click here.

The second opening is for a Research Biologist who will provide scientific knowledge and policy advice on regulatory, environmental, and public policy issues addressed by NOAA for commercial aquaculture and stock enhancement. For more details, click here. Or, go to the USAJobs website ( for additional information and application instructions for both positions.