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Aquaculture and Aquaponics

The science of aquaculture includes both the cultivation of underwater plants, and the breeding, rearing and harvesting of underwater fish, shellfish and other living organisms. The practice of aquaculture can both fulfill future food needs and sustain natural resources.

Aquaponics is a combination of fish and plant production and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). 

On this page find links to resources, videos, government programs, research articles, and literature.


Resources about Aquaponics


At the federal level, "aquaculture" is defined in the National Aquaculture Act of 1980 as the “propagation and rearing of aquatic species in controlled or selected environments, including but not limited to, ocean ranching (except private ocean ranching of Pacific for profit in those States where such ranching is prohibited by law).” 16 U.S.C.A. § 2802 (1)

Research and Selected Resources

External links relevant to aquaculture, organized by federal agency
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Commerce

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program. []

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts research and proposes practices to reduce occupational diseases, injuries and fatalities among workers in the aquaculture industry.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Aquaculture: NPDES. []

Provides information on aquaculture production; best management practices; and regulatory requirements and compliance. EPA stresses aquaculture-related environmental requirements.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Aquaculture Funding Opportunities


Aquaculture farmers and researchers may be eligible for grant or financial assistance programs. 

Special Collections at NAL

Selections from the Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection

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