Florida Sea Grant works to educate stakeholders and the public about offshore aquaculture, and the progress, goals, and impacts of its current projects.
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.
Pioneering Offshore Aquaculture
Gulf of Mexico
To communicate the current state of knowledge about offshore aquaculture, Florida Sea Grant has partnered with Ocean Era on the Velella Epsilon Project, a pioneering offshore aquaculture project in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. This project will deploy and operate a single, small-scale demonstration fish net pen to collect data to inform policymakers, the public, and fishing industry interests about offshore aquaculture while documenting the process for future applicants to follow. Read about activities since the project’s inception below.
Offshore Aquaculture Literacy Resources
Florida Sea Grant has gathered a variety of pertinent resources and information for those interested about the current state of offshore aquaculture knowledge.