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Victor Loosanoff: Pioneering Shellfish Researcher

In celebration of our 150th Anniversary, we are highlighting some of the people who helped build the foundation of fisheries and marine science. Meet Victor Loosanoff, Russian refugee and shellfish science icon.
March 30, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Victor Loosanoff working in the lab. Photo: NOAA Fisheries Victor Loosanoff working at the Milford Laboratory.

Women in Alaska Mariculture

March is Women’s History Month, and we’re highlighting the growing number of women farming shellfish and seaweed in Alaska.
March 30, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A selfie of Meta Mesdag on a boat, out on the water. Salty Lady Seafood Co. owner Meta Mesdag shares a selfie from her shellfish farm.

New Grant Opportunity Builds on Efforts to Enhance Public Understanding of Seafood Farming

Public awareness of aquaculture plays an important role in unlocking its full potential to support healthy people, a healthy planet, and a healthy economy.
March 05, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A NOAA Regional Aquaculture Coordinator (RAC) visits an oyster farm in Washington state. A shellfish farm in Washington state.

Minorities in Aquaculture: Working to Increase Diversity and Accessibility

Aquaculture is the fastest growing food system in the world. When it comes to seafood, diversity is key.
February 24, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A photo of Imani Black wearing waders and looking out across the water. Founder of Minorities in Aquaculture, Imani Black. Photo courtesy of Caroline J. Phillips and MIA.

Meet Sheila Stiles, Research Geneticist

The first full-time African American woman hired at the Milford Laboratory, Sheila Stiles has spent more than 50 years advancing research in shellfish genetics and recruiting/mentoring the next generation of scientists.
February 23, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Sheila Stiles stands in the Milford Lab tank farm, holding a bag of mussels Research geneticist Sheila Stiles with a bag of mussels in the Milford Lab's tank farm.

Public Provides Important Insights into Aquaculture Opportunity Areas

Fostering the domestic aquaculture industry is vital to enhancing climate resilient food systems and community health.
February 12, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A view of three net pens poking through the water's surface, with land in the background.

Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in Aquaculture

A diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce can enhance innovation in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.
February 01, 2021 - Feature Story ,

#ShowUsYourSeafood Challenge: Results Are In!

Staff at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center participated in a #ShowUsYourSeafood Challenge to help support NOAA Fisheries’ #EatSeafoodAmerica campaign. The competition was fierce. Judging was tough. These seven dishes rose above the rest.
December 28, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Graphic of seven winning dishes in the NEFSC Show Us Your Seafood Challenge

Seriously Useful Seafood Tips: Shellfish and Other Farmed Seafood

Farmed seafood is vital to our nation’s food production and security. For some, it can be intimidating to cook farmed seafood. We asked eight of our region’s stakeholders and industry partners to share their best tips to empower home cooks.
December 15, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Northeast Fisheries Science Center shellfish and farmed seafood stakeholders and industry partners graphic

NOAA Fisheries Science Helps Maine’s Pioneering Sea Scallop Farmers

Enterprising fishermen have been developing sea scallop aquaculture in Maine with technology adapted from Japan. Recently, NOAA Fisheries scientists conducted a study to help with site selection.
November 09, 2020 - Feature Story ,
A whole shucked scallop is held in a person's hands.