Offshore aquaculture, also known as open-ocean aquaculture is an emerging approach to fish farming. As the demand for seafood proteins rise, offshore aquaculture looks to be promising solution that has minimal negative impacts on our environment and oceans. To this end, Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS have been conducting research to determine the feasibility of offshore aquaculture of marine finfish in the U.S., particularly in the Gulf of Mexico.
NOAA’s Office of Aquaculture supports the goal of a well-informed public by investing approximately $20 million annually to support aquaculture, research, education, and engagement. Florida Sea Grant manages the resulting Florida-based projects and supports collaborative, multidisciplinary research partnerships involving academia, private industry, and federal partners.