Aquaculture literacy impacts
NOAA Fisheries, the National Sea Grant Office, and NOAA Office of Education have worked together since 2017 to coordinate NOAA’s efforts supporting aquaculture literacy.
2020-2022 Community of Practice for Aquaculture Literacy impacts
NOAA's Community of Practice for Aquaculture Literacy (CoPAL) was formed in 2020 as a landing space for all interested in leveraging existing resources to expand aquaculture literacy efforts across the country. To date, CoPAL has hosted:
Two workshops led in 2020 with 86 participants from:
11 public webinars hosted on a variety of seafood topics, with a total of 950 people registered.
400 people subscribed to our CoPAL listserv offsite link that delivers aquaculture literacy resources to subscribers every week.
2021-2022 aquaculture literacy program impacts
NOAA is partnering with the North American Association for Environmental Education offsite link to implement the eeBLUE aquaculture literacy mini-grants program offsite link. To date, eeBLUE offsite link has awarded $148,618 to support 10 projects that have reached:
- 47 partner institutions, spanning aquaculture industry members, science learning centers, and aquaculture researchers, all enhancing awareness and understanding of aquaculture topics through formal (K-12 and undergraduate) and informal education initiatives. These institutions reach a diverse set of audience groups in 6 states: California, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, and Ohio.
- 425 K-12 students reached.
- 200 post-secondary students reached.
- Over 300 educators reached.
- 875 youth and adults reached, including the public, seafood farmers, and chefs.
- Over 150,000 visitors to aquariums and informal education institutions hosting eeBLUE aquaculture literacy exhibits.