Aquaculture is breeding, raising and harvesting fish, shellfish and aquatic plants. Basically, it’s farming in water.

Cultivating Change through Research

U.S. aquaculture is an environmentally responsible source of food and commercial products, helps to create healthier habitats, and is used to rebuild stocks of threatened or endangered species.

Oregon aquaculture farms grow oysters, clams, salmon, trout, ornamental fish and algae. Oregon Sea Grant funds innovative research in aquaculture that benefits aquaculture growers and regulators.

Our outreach work shares these results with the general public and with aquaculture stakeholders, including public policy makers and entrepreneurs.

Aquaculture job opening

  • Oregon Sea Grant is renewing its search for an Extension Aquaculture Specialist to serve Oregon’s coastal region, with special emphasis on Tillamook County and the north coast.

    The position will be based in Tillamook. The ideal candidate will understand, synthesize and communicate the current challenges and opportunities for aquaculture in the region including shellfish and seaweed aquaculture. They will be a point person for providing science-based information to the aquaculture industry leadership and workforce, policy-makers, regulators and coastal communities. They will also take a leadership role in obtaining support for applied research and, when appropriate, the development of aquaculture initiatives in Oregon.

    A full description of the job is on the Oregon State University website. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled employer. The position deadline is Feb. 23.


  • Law on the Half Shell - This podcast is produced by the National Sea Grant Law Center and has eight episodes that examine impediments to shellfish aquaculture across the U.S.  Oregon Sea Grant's Sam Chan is featured in discussing impacts to invasive species on farms.




Sam Chan, Extension Watersheds and Aquatic Invasive Species

Sam is located on OSU’s Corvallis campus. Sam is involved in various aspects of aquaculture, but currently, his work intersects aquaculture through his membership on the National Aquaculture Extension Steering Committee. There he is identifying emerging aquaculture Extension efforts, workforce development needs, and work on invasive species.

Tim Miller-Morgan, Aquatic Veterinarian, Oregon Sea Grant Extension

Located at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Tim is Oregon Sea Grant’s aquatic animal health specialist. His involvement in aquaculture is primarily through ornamental fish.