$9.3m for US aqua­cul­ture re­search

Fish Farmer - - World News -

THE body which over­sees fish­ery reg­u­la­tion in the United States is re­leas­ing $9.3 mil­lion in fed­eral funds for re­search projects to help de­velop the coun­try’s aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try.

The Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NOAA) says the money will be spent on 32 sep­a­rate re­search schemes in both coastal and at sea fish farm­ing.

A re­cent NOAA re­port sug­gested that both fish farm­ing and con­ven­tional fish­ing in the US was in the slow lane.

Sec­re­tary of Com­merce Wil­bur Ross said: ‘This coun­try, with its abun­dant coast­line, should not have to im­port bil­lions of pounds of seafood each year.

‘These grants will pro­mote aqua­cul­ture projects that will help us re­duce our trade deficit in this key in­dus­try.’

The funds were awarded through two com­pe­ti­tions to help spur the devel­op­ment and growth of shell­fish, fin­fish, and sea­weed aqua­cul­ture busi­nesses.

The projects, all pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships, in­clude ba­sic and ap­plied re­search to im­prove ef­fi­cient pro­duc­tion, per­mit­ting of new busi­nesses, man­age­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal health is­sues, and eco­nomic suc­cess.

NOAA re­vealed it had re­ceived 126 pro­pos­als re­quest­ing nearly $58 mil­lion in fed­eral funds.

Above: Wil­bur Ross

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