U.S. marine aquaculture farming operations within state waters (0-3 nautical miles offshore). Regions: Pacific Islands, East Coast, West Coast, NOAA Fisheries Manchester Research Station in Washington.
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The Olympia oyster is the only oyster species native to the Pacific Northwest coast of the U.S. Populations are down and habitat is depleted for these oysters, and this new native shellfish hatchery has come online to help recover their populations.
Aquaculture supplies half the seafood eaten in the U.S. and abroad. Although we continue to rebuild our domestic fisheries stocks, most of the seafood needed for a growing planet will come from aquaculture. This creates an opportunity for commercial fishermen, who are beginning to look to aquaculture as a complement to their fishing activities.