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. It 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, such as dulse.

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.

For more information about aquaculture in the U.S., check out this article from the NOAA Sea Grant.

Current Projects

Oregon Aquaculture Explorer Platform: A recent grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will fund expansion of the Oregon Aquaculture Explorer Platform, an online spatial tool on the Oregon Explorer website that provides investment planning tools for aquaculture business development.

West Coast Aquaculture Collaboration: Oregon Sea Grant extension specialists are collaborating with Sea Grant programs in Washington, California and Alaska to coordinate and plan a regional symposium on seaweed aquaculture opportunities on the U.S. west coast.

Oregon Aquaculture Needs Assessment: Oregon Sea Grant is conducting a needs assessment about barriers and needs for sustainable aquaculture expansion. If you are interested in providing feedback on your experiences working in the aquaculture industry in Oregon, please contact Amy Ehrhart.

Aquaculture Resources

  • 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.


Angee Doerr, Sea Grant Extension Marine Fisheries Specialist

Located in Lincoln County, Angee focuses on commercial fisheries and marine coastal resources, providing community outreach and education on subjects ranging from marine resource management to nearshore energy and sustainable economic growth for coastal industries.


Amy Ehrhart, Aquaculture Fellow, Oregon Sea Grant

Amy focuses on assessing needs and barriers to sustainable aquaculture expansion in Oregon and coordinating state aquaculture efforts with the US West Coast region.

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.