NOAA Aquaculture Sessions

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will hold six listening sessions in April and May to hear recommendations from the public that will help the agency develop a new national policy for sustainable marine aquaculture.


Marine aquaculture is the cultivation of marine organisms, such as shellfish and finfish, for food and other products. Aquaculture techniques are also widely used in the United States to help restore valuable wild fisheries and habitat, including oysters.

The date for the regional listening session with NOAA officials is set for April 14 in Narragansett, R.I. On May 6, there will be a national call-in hosted by NOAA on a toll-free line.

Details on the specific location and time for the regional listening session and instructions for submitting comments electronically will be posted on the NOAA Aquaculture Program website The agency also will accept public comment through the web.

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