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Aquaculture: Federal Government Agencies


Several parts of the United States government regulate activities that impact aquaculture. A listing and description of each program is available and organized by Department on this page.

Guide to Federal Aquaculture Programs and Services   pdf   (4.66 KB)

Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture

This catalog was developed in accordance with the National Aquaculture Act of 1980 (16 U.S.C. 2801, et seq.) and describes all "Federal programs and activities that directly or indirectly encourage, support, or assist U.S. aquaculture. Prepared by the Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture (formerly the Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture) under the National Science and Technology Council’s Life Sciences Subcommittee.

Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture   html

United States Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture (JSA).

Provides program and service descriptions and Web links to the many Federal government agencies or organizations, documents and guidance with respect to aquaculture activities. Featured publications include Guide to Federal Aquaculture Programs and Services and Guide to Drug, Vaccine, and Pesticide Use in Aquaculture.

United States Department of Agriculture

Aquaculture   html

United States Department of Agriculture.

Describes USDA programs and publications on aquaculture research, available data and statistics, market trends and environmental management and monitoring systems. Links to aquaculture information contacts.

National Programs: Aquaculture   html

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Conducts high quality, relevant, basic and applied aquaculture research and technology transfer to further international competitiveness and sustainability of United States aquaculture. Locate laboratories, researchers, projects and research reports.

National Aquaculture Program   html

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Provides a broad range of cooperative programs for protecting the health of aquatic animals and plants. Addresses global trade, aquatic diseases, pest prevention, wildlife damage management and more.

Aquaculture   html

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Facilitates the coordination of federal programs in aquaculture. Fosters research and development in sustainable aquaculture production. Provides leadership and funding to NIFA partners for aquaculture research, technology development and Extension programs. NIFA initiatives support efforts that include "developing efficient, humane, and sustainable farms; enhancing the efficiency of aquaculture operations; ... integrating aquaculture with traditional practices of land-based agriculture and natural resources management;" and "providing alternative farming opportunities to our rural, urban, and coastal communities."

Economic Research Service   html

United States Department of Agriculture.

Reports on current U.S. aquaculture production, its history and industry and trade status. Describes and links to recent ERS reports and datasets. Information products include a topical page focused on aquaculture background, data and industry analysis.