Fisheries and Aquaculture

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.

A curated selection of aquaculture regulations in Minnesota.

MNSGs “Know the Fish. Know the Regs.” decal is a handy visual aid that anglers can use while on the water with a fish in hand to easily identify Steelhead.

The Cooking Seafood with Spark-Y cookbook contains six delicious and simple seafood recipes that you will fall in love with whether you're a beginner or a seasoned seafood chef.

The Aquaculture Market Study is a three-year (2020-2023), $250,000 project led by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program that was created to determine the potential for a sustainable food-fish aquaculture industry in Minnesota.

Fish is recognized as a healthy source of protein, beneficial fats, and micronutrients leading the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recommend that adults eat fish up to three times a week. Americans, however, are eating roughly half the recommended amount of seafood. This deficit could be filled by sustainable aquaculture production, reducing our dependence on dwindling wild fisheries.

The University of Minnesota Sea Grant program is developing producer-scale methods for raising Yellow Perch fish from egg to market size in a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS).

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 products in Minnesota. 

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. Credit: L. Angradi. 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 new strategies for producing Golden Shiner fish for Minnesota’s bait industry.