Aquaculture Initiative

About the Initiative

CELC's aquaculture education initiative connects institutions to NOAA resources in order to engage visitors on the science of sustainable, domestic aquaculture.

As a major NOAA priority, aquaculture is also of interest to many CELC institutions. This initiative is a long-term effort to engage millions of aquarium visitors on the latest advancements in marine aquaculture and its multiple benefits.

Three people standing on a dock around an open oyster cage. The person closest to the camera holds an oyster in their left hand and takes a photo with their phone in their right hand.
Credit: Brianna Shaughnessy/NOAA Office of Education

CELC Aquaculture Webinars

CELC hosts regular webinars featuring aquaculture experts in the field. We are currently organizing additional webinars for the rest of 2022 and will update this page when speakers and dates are finalized. Email Maggie Allen to join the listserv to be kept up to date with future opportunities. 

Below are past webinar recordings / slides:

eeBLUE Aquaculture Literacy Mini-Grants Program

The application deadline has passed for the eeBLUE Aquaculture Literacy Mini-Grants Program offsite link. This new opportunity is supporting aquariums, seafood farmers, and others that are working on innovative public aquaculture education experiences. Successful applicants received up to $15,000 to spend within a one-year project that builds a partnership across each sector. 

These mini-grants are one part of an ongoing effort by NOAA’s Community of Practice for Aquaculture Literacy (CoPAL). CoPAL’s goal is to enhance support for sustainable aquaculture by increasing understanding of environmental and marine science topics among educators, professional networks, and groups involved in community outreach. In addition to forging lasting partnerships, the collective knowledge, skills, and products created through funded mini-grant activities will be integrated into CoPAL’s best practices for aquaculture communications and outreach.

For a summary of project activities and impacts from June 2021 - January 2022 download their mid-project report here.

For questions, you reach out to the team at