Fish, Food, and Aquaculture Program

People gathered at river mouth dipping for smelt with long-handled nets during spring spawning run.

Enjoy the Smelt, Limit the Meals

2022 Consumption Advisory for Lake Superior Rainbow Smelt

Image credit: M. Thoms.

Sea Grant is a leader in developing sustainable, environmentally sound, and innovative technologies for all sectors of the seafood industry including fishing, aquaculture, seafood processing and consumer safety. Research and outreach/extension efforts are focused on ensuring a safe and sustainable supply of seafood products for current and future generations.

A curated selection of aquaculture resources and why Minnesota Sea Grant is involved in aquaculture.

The Aquaculture Market Study is a three-year (2020-2023), $250,000 project led by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program that was crea

The goal of this project is to determine if small-scale removal of invasive, hybrid cattails can improve abundance and diversity of plants and fish on Minnesota lakeshores.

The University of Minnesota Sea Grant program is developing producer-scale methods for raising Yellow Perch fish from egg to market size in a

The Minnesota Sea Grant fisheries and aquaculture supply chain project team seeks to identify viable scenarios for the effective processing and distribution of commercial fish and aquaculture produ

The Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative (GLAC) is a three-year (2019-2022) project to create a regionwide group to foster relevant, science-based initiatives that support aquaculture industries. was developed to meet a need to directly connect fish producers with consumers after the disruption of traditional markets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University of Minnesota Sea Grant program and partners are investigating

Winter Dynamics of Invertebrates in Trout Streams of Minnesota and Wisconsin: How Can the Public Connect with and Contribute to Research?

The Wild Rice Field Guide is designed to support field crews who monitor wild rice, known to the Anishinaabeg as manoomin,  populations.