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Divers prepare an OceanSpar cage for harvest.


The University of New Hampshire's Atlantic Marine Aquaculture Center's goal is to provide the research and development necessary to stimulate an environmentally sustainable offshore aquaculture industry in New England and nationwide. We are also exploring stock enhancement as a tool to revive wild capture fisheries.

The Center is an evolution of the Open Ocean Aquaculture Project, established in 1997 with the support of Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH). Funding for the Center is provided through an annual grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This center reflects parallel efforts in the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico to establish regional aquaculture R & D programs that directly serve local communities. These centers will form a national consortium that collaborates to identify bottlenecks to industry advancement, prioritizes research topics, and freely exchanges information and technology.