Industry Inputs on Aquaculture Priorities Requested by USDA

To address the current needs and challenges facing the aquaculture industry, stakeholders and industry members have been invited to voice their opinions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Aquaculture National Program, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) use this information to prioritize and establish frameworks for aquaculture research and extension programs over the next five years. In 2013, shellfish priorities included domestication of oysters, reproduction, health tools, and production technology. A full list of the 2013 sessions can be found here. To continue the discussion, you are invited to participate in the 2018 online Molluscan Shellfish session, which will take place on August 15, 2018, from 1 pm – 4 pm (EDT). Other sessions include:

  • July 24, 2018, 1 pm –4 pm (EDT): Salmonids
  • July 25, 2018, 1 pm – 4 pm (EDT): Catfish
  • July 26, 2018, 1 pm – 4 pm (EDT): Freshwater Finfish
  • August 14, 2018, 1 pm – 4 pm (EDT): General Aquaculture
  • August 15, 2018, 1 pm – 4 pm (EDT): Molluscan Shellfish
  • August 16, 2018, 1 pm – 4 pm (EDT): Production Systems

Information on connecting to the web-conference and options for submitting input by email for persons who are unable to participate in the online session(s) will be distributed prior to the week of the sessions via email.

If you are interested in participating in one of these sessions, please register by contacting Loren Coleman at

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