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NOAA Office of Aquaculture 
December 9, 2012

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1315 East-West Hwy.
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Silver Spring, MD 20910


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washshellNOAA/Washington State announce Washington Shellfish Initiative 

On Dec. 9, 2011, NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco and Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire unveiled the Washington Shellfish Initiative, a new agreement among federal and state agencies, tribes, the shellfish industry, and the restoration community to restore and expand Washington's shellfish resources to promote shellfish aquaculture and create family-wage jobs.  Read more... 

sbirSmall Business Innovation Research Program seeks proposals  


NOAA is seeking proposals for the 2012 Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). The main topics for this solicitation are in the areas of Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies; Healthy Oceans; Climate Adaptation and Mitigation; and Weather-Ready Nation, with each topic consisting of several subtopics.  Subtopic 8.2.3 is "Improving environmental sustainability and competitiveness of US marine aquaculture."  For more information, go to the Federal Business Opportunities webpage, where the full solicitation can be viewed.  The solicitation (No. NOAA 2012-1) closes on February 1, 2012 at 4pm.
rfpNOAA Request for Proposals for Ecosystem Impacts of Ocean Acidification

NOAA has released a call for research proposals under its 'Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program' theme focused on the impacts of ocean acidification on key fish and shellfish species and their ecosystems. You can see the synopsis, full announcement, and application on  Perform a basic search and enter CFDA number 11.478. Letters of Intent (one to two pages) are required and are due Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Full proposals are due Jan. 30, 2012.  A proposal will not be accepted without submitting a Letter of Intent.

faowhoReport of the Risks and Benefits of Fish Consumption Available


A Report by the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Consultation on the Risks and Benefits of Fish Consumption is now available. The report recommends a framework for assessing the net health benefits or risks of fish consumption in order to provide guidance to national food safety authorities. The report can be found on the FAO website at


milford32nd Milford Aquaculture Seminar to be held March 12-14, 2012

The 32nd gathering of the Milford Aquaculture Seminar will be held March 12-14, 2012 at Water's Edge Resort and Spa, Westbrook, CT.  The seminar will begin the evening of Monday, March 12th with a poster session and will be followed by two days of technical sessions predominantly focused on shellfish aquaculture. Please consider submitting an abstract for either a poster or oral presentation by the January 6th deadline. 

For further information, guidelines for abstract submission, and registration forms, please visit the seminar's website.  


bookNew Book: Shellfish Aquaculture & the Environment

Shellfish Aquaculture and the Environment
(Wiley-Blackwell Publishers; Ed. Sandra E. Shumway) focuses primarily on issues surrounding the environmental sustainability of shellfish aquaculture. This book provides readers with the most current data available on topics such as eutrophication, harvest methods, resource enhancement and habitat restoration, and impacts of farms on water quality, and will serve as an invaluable resource for those looking to develop and implement environmental best management practices.


View the executive summary or go to the publisher's website for purchasing information.


aqreportUnited Nations Food and Agriculture Organization issues new aquaculture report

Aquaculture is the world's fastest-growing source of animal protein and currently provides nearly half of all fish consumed globally, according to a new report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The report, World Aquaculture 2010, found that global production of fish from aquaculture grew more than 60 percent between 2000 and 2008, from 32.4 million tons to 52.5 million tons. It also forecasts that by 2012 more than 50 percent of the world's food fish consumption will come from aquaculture. The full report, together with regional reviews presented at Global Aquaculture Conference held in Phuket, Thailand in 2010 can be found on the  conference website.


aqdataUSDA issues latest Aquaculture Data  


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service has released its latest "Aquaculture Data," which provides statistics on domestically grown catfish and trout and U.S. imports and exports of fish and shellfish that may be products of aquaculture, such as salmon, shrimp, and oysters. The most recently available data is available at