The aim of the ARS Aquaculture Program is to support a safe and affordable domestic supply of seafood products for 330 million U.S. consumers that is produced in a healthy, competitive, and sustainable aquaculture sector; a sector supported by almost 3000 aquaculture farmers producing more than $1.5 billion worth of goods annually. In 2019 the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) published the 2018 Census of Aquaculture updating these statistics for the first time since 2013. The report details many features of aquaculture in the United States, and shows that since 2005, the overall number of farms has dropped (from about 3093 to 2932 from 2013 to 2018). However, sales in 2018 increased to over $1.51 billion from 2013 level of $1.37 billion. Fiscal year 2019 was the fifth and final year of externally-reviewed five-year project plans (2015- 2019) that fall under the five Components of the 2015 – 2019 National Program NP 106 Aquaculture Action Plan.
To read more about NP 106 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.3Mb): FY 19 Annual Report
FY 2018 NP 106 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.2Mb): FY 18 Annual Report
FY 2017 NP 106 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.1Mb): FY 17 Annual Report
FY 2016 NP 106 Accomplishments (pdf: 0.1Mb): FY 16 Annual Report
FY 2015 NP 106 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.04Mb): FY 15 Annual Report