Sustainable American Aquaculture

Our Sustainable American Aquaculture Program advances bold research that supports sustainable American fish and shellfish production.
Our Sustainable American Aquaculture Program advances bold research that supports sustainable American fish and shellfish production.

Development Contact

Lauren Hershey
lhershey@foundationfar.org

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Aquaculture Benefits

Shellfish, including mussels, clams and scallops, provide environmental benefits, including filtering water and increasing biodiversity. This research seeks to understand shellfish genetics and breeding to help researchers increase production and improve water quality.

Raising shellfish eggs and larvae is not well understood and yet critical for aquaculture production. Many biological and environmental factors influence egg quality and time of spawning. Similarly, larvae survival is another challenge. This research aims to better understand the early life-cycle stages to ensure a robust supply of eggs and larvae for commercial stocking.

Investing is the production of new species is risky without a comprehensive assessment of potential costs, market demand, yields and other factors that influence commercial feasibility. The lack of comprehensive financial assessments is a current barrier to US aquaculture production. This research funds socio-economic and market-based research for new species and production systems.

Sustainable American Aquaculture Awarded Grants

Toward Responsible Pacific Bluefin Tuna Mariculture in the United States: Captive Reproduction, Hatchery Research and Product

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $945,735

Total award amount   $2,978,942

Location   West Des Moines, IA

Matching Funders   Ichthus Unlimited, LLC, Texas A&M, Spanish Institute of Oceanography, Illinois Soybean Foundation, San Diego Port

Maine Scallop Aquaculture Initiative

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $300,000

Total award amount   $600,000

Location   Brunswick, ME

Matching Funders   Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Maximizing the Delivery of Water-Soluble Substances While Minimizing the Impact of the Carrier Particles on Fish Larvae

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $275,792

Total award amount   $553,072

Location   Corvallis, OR

Matching Funders   Oregon State University, Hubbs Sea World Research Institute, Reed Mariculture

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FFAR Grant Establishes Pacific Bluefin Tuna Egg Hatchery

FFAR Awards Four Grants totaling $1.5 Million to Enhance Economic Opportunity for Clam, Halibut, Scallop, Yellowtail and Sea Cucumber Producers in the United States

Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research to Invest Up to $5 Million in Strengthening the American Aquaculture Economy

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