Alaska Sea Grant invites proposals for aquaculture initiatives

March 7, 2017

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Man cleaning oyster nets with hose spray. An oyster farmer in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Photo by Dave Partee/Alaska Sea Grant.

US aquaculture enterprises are thriving, but there is a lot of potential for growth in this $1.2 billion industry. To enhance growth, National Sea Grant is seeking applicants for two opportunities for aquaculture projects.

For a project in the “Addressing Impediments to Aquaculture Opportunities Initiative,” applicants for funding are asked to propose small scale projects, business plans, workshops, etc. The projects should address key questions or barriers blocking the advancement of aquaculture that will contribute to the continuing growth of US aquaculture production.

With $3 million available nationwide for fiscal years 2017 and 2018, investigators can request up to $150,000.

A second opportunity involves a competition for “Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production,” to foster the expansion of sustainable US marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Applicants are asked to outline projects that address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting US aquaculture production.

Up to $12 million is expected to be available for fiscal years 2017-2019, and individual proposals may request between $100,000 and $1,000,000.

For Alaska aquaculture proposals, involvement with Alaska Sea Grant is encouraged. For Alaska-specific instructions please see the announcement for the NOAA Sea Grant 2017 Aquaculture Initiative.

Investigators are strongly encouraged to work closely with Alaska Sea Grant during letter of intent development.

— By Sue Keller

Alaska Sea Grant is a statewide marine research, education, and outreach program, and is a partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agents provide assistance that helps Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy marine and coastal resources.