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USDA invests $1.2 million in aquaculture research

USDA invests $1.2 million in aquaculture research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced four grants totaling $1.2 million to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture in the United States. These awards were made through the Aquaculture Research Program authorized by the Competitive, Special and Facilities Research Grants Act, administered by NIFA.

“In 2015, Americans spent $96 billion on seafood, but only a small portion of that was produced by U.S. aquaculture,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “To meet the growing demand for this healthy source of protein, NIFA investments are helping enhance U.S. aquaculture production to promote both economic opportunities and a safe, reliable domestic seafood source.” 2016 awards went to Michigan State University ($307,869); Virginia Tech ($275,887); Auburn Univeristy ($326,250); and The Research Foundation of State University New York ($326,963).

— usda.gov