NOAA Aquaculture Office Newsletter
August 2012

In this Issue
  • Director's Corner
  • AQ R&D Plan
  • UJNR Symposium

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Welcome to the Office of Aquaculture's August newsletter!  It's been a hot, but productive summer here at NOAA and I want to share with you a few things that have been going on. In this issue, there are several noteworthy items. The draft 'National Aquacuture Research & Development Strategic Plan' is available for public comment. NOAA and USDA look forward to hearing your input, which is critical to directing federal agencies research efforts in the years to come.


We also are announcing that the US-Japan Natural Resources Panel on Aquaculture (UJNR) is celebrating its 40th year with a symposium focusing on hatchery technology to be held in Honolulu, HI.


August is 'Aquaculture Month' at NOAA Fisheries, during which we'll be highlighting some of the great research that goes on in our Science Centers over the next few weeks, so head over to our website to see what's been posted.


Finally, I had the opportunity to visit France a few weeks ago to further our scientific cooperation on aquaculture. So head on over to our website, read the 'Director's Corner' and, as always, thank you for your interest in NOAA's aquaculture activities!





Reminder - Draft National Aquaculture R&D Strategic Plan Available for Public Comment


NOAA and USDA are announcing that a draft 'National Aquaculture Research and Development Strategic Plan' for the United States is available for public review and comment.  This plan will provide a framework for federal agencies to develop programs for research and development that affect the production of aquatic organisms such as finfish, crustaceans, mollusks, and algae.


We are soliciting public comment until August 27 in regard to priorities, vision, and goals. For more information and to submit a comment, visit our website.
40th Symposium of the United States - Japan Natulal Resources Panel on Aquaculture (UJNR)
NOAA's longest-standing bilateral aquaculture relationship celebrates with its 40th meeting and symposium on October 22-23 in Honolulu, HI.  This year's symposium topic is "Hatchery Technology for High Quality Juvenile Production."
The U.S.-Japan Cooperative Program in Natural Resources (UJNR) Aquaculture Panel has been a highly effective cooperative agreements between the two countries, cooperatively sharing scientific information, results of research activities, and providing a continuing forum for sharing applied science and technology. 
For more information about the program and to register, visit our website.
Request for Application - USDA Small Business Innovation Research: Aquaculture
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is requesting applications a funding opportunity for small businesses to prove scientific or technical feasibility of innovations specific to aquaculture.  The closing date for applications is September 6, 2012.  


For information on the program including how to apply,  visit the USDA-NIFA aquaculture SBIR webpage