Marine Finfish Aquaculture: Juvenile Production Technologies

Official Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007054 


  • October 15, 2021: Informational webinar at 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET) (Link to join webinar here).
  • November 9, 2021: Notices of intent to submit are due (see NOFO for details).
  • January 13, 2022: Full proposals are due to Minnesota Sea Grant (two weeks before the National Sea Grant Office deadline January 27, 2022).

Submission: All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a state Sea Grant program. Other interested (non-Sea Grant) entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant Program.

Funding: The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates approximately $5,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will advance marine finfish juvenile production technologies for aquaculture.

Topics: Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $5,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will advance marine finfish juvenile production technologies (e.g., reproduction, hatchery, and/or nursery strategies) for aquaculture species (defined below) to supply on-growing operations. Successful proposals will address topical needs (described below) and integrate research and extension. These investments are consistent with Sea Grant’s focus area of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA) and the Sea Grant Network’s 10-year Aquaculture Vision, both which support NOAA and Department of Commerce aquaculture goals.   

Species: Research funded through this competition must be focused on one or more of the following 19 finfish species: 

  1. Almaco jack, Seriola rivoliana;
  2. Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua;
  3. Black sea bass, Centropristis striata;
  4. California yellowtail, Seriola lalandi;
  5. Cobia, Rachycentron canadum;
  6. Florida pompano, Trachinotus carolinus;
  7. Olive flounder, Paralichthys olivaceus;
  8. Red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus;
  9. Sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria;
  10. Spotted wolffish, Anarhichas minor;
  11. Striped bass, Morone saxatilis;
  12. White sea bass, Atractoscion nobilis;
  13. California halibut, Paralichthys californicus;
  14. Spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus;
  15. Greater amberjack, Seriola dumerili;
  16. Southern flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma;
  17. Summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus;
  18. Tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis;
  19. Steelhead trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss

Proposals are sought that:

  • support broad, non-proprietary research to address critical gaps with respect to marine finfish juvenile production technologies;
  • make that information available to U.S. coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture businesses;
  • include Minnesota* Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and also preferably industry stakeholders. *Applicants not in Minnesota should apply through their state Sea Grant program.

Strong applications will address program priorities described above and will integrate research and extension.

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