new aquaculture species pages launched

Oyster farm, Cambridge, Maryland

Fish or shellfish farming—also known as aquaculture—refers to the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of water environments including ponds, rivers, lakes, and the ocean. As a complement to wild harvest fisheries, aquaculture can help meet the growing demand for seafood, reduce our dependence on imports, and help rebuild wild fish stocks.


NOAA is committed to providing the facts about the industry, science, and management sustaining our seafood—both wild-caught and farmed. Since the launch of in 2011, NOAA has developed more than 100 seafood profiles providing detailed information on wild-caught fish and shellfish species that are key components of the American diet—and, we are continually expanding this information.


Now, in keeping with NOAA’s commitment to ensuring seafood sustainability, we are providing detailed information on farmed fish and shellfish as part of To learn more about farmed fisheries and how they are managed, explore the new farmed species profiles:

Additional species profiles—both farmed and wild-caught—will be available soon. Please check back often when buying and eating seafood!