The Ocean Strategies team has been keeping our ear to the ground regarding all things Washington aquaculture. We’re proud to launch our new quarterly newsletter, WA Aqua Bites, to inform the seafood supply chain of important aquaculture happenings in Washington and beyond. Subscribe to WA Aqua Bites here.
The aquaculture industry is a major economic engine of Washington state and helps support the seafood supply chain around the entire country. As commercial fishermen, we’re proud to support the hardworking shellfish and seaweed farmers that make their living on our nation’s working waterfronts.
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WA News and Views
A new trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union has been established. Washington and Massachusetts are the two states now permitted to export shellfish to the Netherlands and Spain in this initial stage.
Gov. Inslee recently committed $8M in emergency funding to combat the rise of the invasive green crab.
The Metlakatla Indian Community of Southeast Alaska is leading monitoring efforts, in partnership with NOAA Fisheries, to prevent future colonization of the crabs in Alaska waters.
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s proposed farm draws concerns about shorebirds and waterfowl.
Puget Sound kelp and eelgrass continues to decline, and this crisis has spurred WA state legislators to propose a bill which would have DNR create a robust restoration plan to address this ecological crisis.
The WSDA received $2.4M in grant money for seafood processors which includes shellfish processors. More information coming soon on grant application timing and process.
Regional and National News
This grant will be used to develop the Pacific Aquaculture Marketing and Innovation Center (PAMIC), a world-class aquaculture hub that would bring together farmers, value-added food producers, distributors, and retailers from across the West Coast region.
The group Stronger America Through Seafood (SATS) recently sent a letter to Congress in support of the AQUAA Act and aquaculture expansion in the U.S.
Research and Reports
NOAA and other partners recently completed a study measuring the ecosystem services provided by shellfish and seaweed farms.
NOAA Fisheries released a guide to assist individuals with navigating the federal permitting process for marine aquaculture. It outlines the key requirements necessary to obtain federal permits to conduct commercial aquaculture activities and provides a high level overview of the federal statutes and regulations governing aquaculture in the U.S.
The Maine Aquaculture Hub published The Maine Aquaculture Roadmap, a ten-year plan that proposes major goals and identifies resources needed to strengthen Maine’s aquaculture sector and working waterfronts over the next decade.
March 7 – 8: WA Sea Grant Conference for Shellfish Growers (virtual) — Register here.
April 12 – 14: 2022 University of Alaska Mariculture Conference — Register here.
April 27 – 29: Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition — Register here.
An Oldie but a Goodie…
Why Everyone Should Eat Oysters — So many reasons!
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