New York Sea Grant has recently been announced as part of a three-year, $1 million, multi-state Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative project designed to help Great Lakes states respond to consumer demand for freshwater fish and a $14 billion national seafood trade deficit identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service.
Minnesota Sea Grant will serve as project leader with team members from New York, Illinois-Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. New York Sea Grant Fisheries and Ecosystem Specialist Jesse Lepak of Oswego will serve as the New York representative to the Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative.
Aquaculture involves the controlled-environment breeding, rearing, harvesting, and sales of marine and freshwater fish, shellfish and aquatic plants.
The Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative project work includes:
New York Sea Grant is one of 33 Sea Grant science, education and outreach programs located in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, Lake Champlain and Guam, and administered by NOAA. Learn more at www.nyseagrant.org. For more information on the Sea Grant announcement of $16 million in federal funding to advance sustainable aquaculture in the U.S., see http://nyseagrant.org/seagrantaquacultureawards.