NOAA Aquaculture Office Newsletter
July 2014

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Good morning! It been an exciting few months, and not just at the World Cup. Recently aquaculture has garnered increased attention in the national and international spotlight. Many of these highlights share a common theme in recognizing aquaculture as part of the solution to critical issues such as increasing global and domestic supplies of seafood, improving food security, promoting human health and nutrition, and bolstering coastal economies.


I want to take this opportunity to share with you the progress we've made in collaboration with our partners on both the science and management of aquaculture. 


Read all about what we've been up to in this month's  Director's Corner!



The National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research

In June the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released the Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research. The Plan was a multi-year collaboration developed by the Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture (IWG-A), formerly called the Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture in which NOAA Fisheries and the National Sea Grant Program play integral roles. The IWG-A developed the Plan to increase overall effectiveness of Federal aquaculture research, technology transfer and assistance programs. 

You can read more about the plan and access the document in the head of NOAA Fisheries Eileen Sobeck's Leadership Message.


Congratulations to our new Deputy!

Please join me in congratulating David O'Brien as our new Deputy Director for the Office of Aquaculture. David previously served as the acting Deputy and the International Coordinator for the office. David brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of aquaculture science, management and policy.

You can learn more about the staff of the Office of Aquaculture at our website.