Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center

Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center

The Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC), headquartered at University of Maryland, College Park, is one of five Regional Aquaculture Centers established by the U.S. Congress for the United States. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at an annual level of approximately $700,000, and representing 12 states and the District of Columbia, NRAC develops and sponsors cooperative regional research and extension projects in support of the aquaculture industry in the northeastern United States.

About Us


The center's mission is to support aquaculture research, development, demonstration, and extension education to enhance viable and profitable U.S. aquaculture production which will benefit consumers, producers, service industries, and the American economy.

Mission & Vision

Mission: NRAC is a principal public forum for the advancement and dissemination of science and technology needed by Northeastern aquacultural producers and support industries. NRAC facilitates regional stakeholder communications-linking industry and government representatives to university scientists and educators-guiding and stimulating regional research and outreach initiatives. NRAC focuses on science and education that will have a direct impact on attaining long-term public benefits through enhanced aquacultural development in the region. NRAC-sponsored projects emphasize science and education to stimulate growth of the industry-measured in size and numbers of aquacultural enterprises-through development and dissemination of profitable and environmentally benign technologies.

Vision: NRAC lies at the heart of 21st century expansion and diversification of a northeastern aquaculture industry, which will grow by using advanced production technologies to compete in the global marketplace. NRAC will aid the industry to become economically viable and environmentally sustainable, helping aquaculture to become a significant component of Northeast agriculture and an essential complement to wild capture fisheries. NRAC will catalyze the economic development of an industry that comprises open and closed, fresh and salt-water systems-producing a wide array of fish, shellfish and other aquatic organisms-supported by progressive public and private research and development.

Aquaculture Information


Regional Aquaculture Centers provide a means of assessing research and extension needs, assuring industry input, establishing priorities, and implementing aquaculture research and extension programs. 

Aquaculture Links

Aquaculture by State

State of Connecticut
AquaGuide: an online resource guide for aquaculture in Connecticut
Connecticut Sea Grant College Program
Bureau of Aquaculture & Laboratory Services, Connecticut Department of Agriculture
UCONN Cooperative Extension
NMFS Milford Laboratory - aquaculture research at the NMFS Laboratory in Milford, Connecticut

Delaware Aquaculture Association
Delaware Aquaculture Resource Center
Online Delaware Code
DELAWARE AQUACULTURE ACT TITLE 3 Agriculture Department of Agriculture CHAPTER 4.
University of Delaware
Graduate College of Marine and Earth Studies (CMES)
Delaware Sea Grant Program
Halophyte Biotechnology Center - "Sustainable Saline Agriculture and Wetlands Restoration"
Delaware Small Business Development Center - a program of the UD College of Business & Economics
Garden Ponds and Landscaping - 14680 Coastal Highway, Milton, DE 19968
Delaware State University
Delaware Technical & Community College(DTCC)
Delmarva Aquatics  - fry and fingerlings available: pure and hybrid striped bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass and hybrid bluegill.
Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB)
Inland Bays Oyster Gardening Program
Inland Bays Citizen (Water Quality) Monitoring Program
CIB Project: Evaluation of the Natural Occurrence and Stock Enhancement Potential of Hard Clams (Mercenaria mercenaria) and Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in Little Assawoman Bay, Delaware
CIB Project: Detection and Monitoring of Three Bivalve Protozoan Diseases (Dermo, MSX and QPX) in Delaware’s Inland Bays
CIB Project: Continuing Support for Inland Bay Shellfish Stock Enhancement and Restoration Activities (October 2004 - September 2005)
Delaware Estuary Program (DEP)
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Inc

Maine State Government
Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center (MAIC)
Provasoli - Guillard National Center for Culture of Marine Phytoplankton, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Fish Farming News:
Maine Fishermen's Forum:
Maine Aquaculture Farms
Spinney Creek Shellfish:
Cooke Aquaculture:
Glidden Point Oyster Farm:
Ducktrap River Fish Farm:
Aquaculture Research and Education
University of Maine:
UMaine School of Marine Sciences:
UMaine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research:
Maine Sea Grant Publications:

Hunting Creek Fisheries, Thurmont, Maryland
Lilypons Water Gardens, Buckeystown, Maryland
Marvesta Shrimp Farm, Hurlock, Maryland
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Paul S. Sarbanes Cooperative Oxford Laboratory Oxford, Maryland
Oyster Resources in the Chesapeake Bay
NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office Annapolis, Maryland

Maryland Seafood and Aquaculture
Department of Agriculture
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone: 410-841-5724

Maryland Sea Grant Program
Maryland Sea Grant Publications
Maryland Aquafarmer
Maryland Marine Notes
Publication & Audiovisual catalog

The University System of Maryland - access to Maryland's academic and research institutions
Aquaculture Research Programs at the Center of Marine Biotechnology, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute
Aquatic Pathology Center - University of Maryland School of Medicine
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)
UMCES Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, Maryland
Maryland Coastal Bays Program - Protecting Today's Treasures for Tomorrow
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance - Conserving the Resources of the Nanticoke River Watershed

Australis Aquaculture
Massachusetts State Government
Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole, Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Aquaculture Association (MAA)
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Aquculture Program
NMFS Fisheries Statistics & Economics Division NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center at Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Northeast Massachusetts Aquaculture Center, Salem State College
The SouthEastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center (SEMAC)
The Western Massachusetts Sustainable Aquaculture Center
Woods Hole Sea Grant
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant

New Jersey
East Coast Shellfish Grower's Association (ECSGA)
New Jersey Department of Agriculture( NJDA) Fish & Seafood Development Program
NJDA Ethnic Live Seafood Market Study
New Jersey Sea Grant Program
Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Haskin Shellfish Research Lab
New Jersey Fishing Directory - Garden State Seafood Association
The Elver Fishery and Eel Aquaculture - Concerned Commercial Elver Fishermen

New York
Aquaculture and Aquatic Science - State University of New York - Morrisville College
Aquaculture and Aquatic Science Course Web-based Material
Cornell University Aquaculture Program
Fingerlakes Aquaculture LLC
Fisheries and Aquaculture - Department of Agricultural Business and Animal Science at SUNY Cobleskill
Marine Sciences Research Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
New York Sea Grant Program
New York State Aquaculture Association
Town of East Hampton, NY Shellfish Hatchery

Pennsylvania Agricultural Statistics Service
Pennsylvania Trout Production 2003
Pennsylvania Aquaculture Census 2002
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Division of Aquaculture
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Aquaculture in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Sea Grant Program
Penn State University Cooperative Extension
University of Pennsylvania: School of Veterinary Medicine

Rhode Island
American Mussel Harvesters, Inc.
Matunuk Oyster Farm
Moonstone Oysters
Rhode Island State Government
Rhode island Sea Grant Program
Rhode Island Sea Grant Program Fact Sheets

West Virginia
The Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute
West Virginia University Extension Service
West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
West Virginia DNR District Offices and Contacts
West Virginia Department of Agriculture
West Virginia Permits

Other Links
Aquaculture and the Lacey Act - University of Arkansas, The National Agricultural Law Center
Aquaculture Network Information Center(AquaNIC) - Aquatic Veterinarian and Disease Diagnostic Laboratory Resources
American Fisheries Society (AFS) Home Page
American Tilapia Association (ATA) Home Page
Aquacultural Engineering Society (AES) - a web community for aquatic animal health professionals
Florida, University of - IFAS Extension - Fish Slaughter, Killing, and Euthenasia: A Review of Major Published U.S. Guidance Documents and General Considerations of Methods
Food and Agriculture Organization's Hatchery Culture of Bivalves Manual
International Conference on Shellfish Restoration (ICSR)
National Association of State Aquaculture Coordinators (NASAC)
National Aquaculture Association (NAA) - "One Industry, One Voice"
National Fisheries Institute (NFI)
National Shellfisheries Association (NSA) Home Page
Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Engineering Service Publications
Northern Aquaculture:
Sea Grant Offices and Directors
Striped Bass Growers Association
United States Trout Farmers Association (USTFA)
World Aquaculture Society (WAS) Home Page

State Aquaculture Association Contacts

Connecticut Aquaculture Association
C/O Connecticut Seafood Council
129 Ardmore Road
West Hartford, CT 06119
Tel. (860) 523-8705
Fax. 860.523.8960
Contact: Barbara Gordon, Executive Director

Delaware Aquaculture Association
C/O Delmarva Aquatics
P.O. Box 349
Odessa, DE 19730
Tel. (302) 378-8652
Fax. 302.378.8652 (call first)
President: William (Skip) Bason
Secretary: John Ewart

Maine Aquaculture Association
P.O. Box 148
103 Water St., 4th Floor
Hallowell, ME 04347
Tel. (207) 622-0136
Fax. 207.622.0576
Executive Director: Sebastian Belle

Maryland Aquaculture Association
4007A Buckeystown Road
Frederick, MD 21704
Tel: 301-874-1882
Cell: 301-964-2447
President: Howard "Chip" Crum

Massachusetts Aquaculture Association-l
C/O 142 Cherry Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Tel. (413) 533-9442
Fax. 413.533.2661
President: Bob Biagi

Massachusetts Aquaculture Association-ll
C/O Billingsgate Shellfish & Bait
P.O. Box 454
South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Tel: (508) 349-7556
Fax. 508.349.7556
President: Bob Wallace

New Hampshire Aquaculture Association
C/O Sumner Brook Fish Farm
277 Route 16
Ossipee, NH 03864
Tel. (603) 539-6073
Fax. Not Avaliable
President: Greg Bossart
Vice President: Lew Newsky
Secretary/Treasurer: Debbie Gile

New Jersey Aquaculture Association
C/O Ocean County Extension Center
1623 Whitesville Rd.
Toms River, NJ 08755
Tel. (732) 349-1152
Fax. 732.505.8941
Contact: Gef Flimlin
President: Walter Canzonier

New York State Aquaculture Association
5109 Booher Hill Road
Geneseo, New York 14454
Tel. (585) 243-3543

Pennsylvania Aquaculture Association
C/O Perdue Specialty Feeds
139 S. First St., Catawissa, PA 17820
Tel. (800) 358-6595
Fax. 717.356.2341
President: Andy Melick

RI/Ocean State Aquaculture Association
Ocean State Aquaculture Association [OSAA]
C/O Spatco, Ltd
P.O. Box 2031
Kingston, RI 02881
President: Bill Silkes
Tel. (401) 789-1678
Vice President: Todd Corayer
Tel. (401) 789-1311
Secretary: Bob Rheault
Treasurer: Rob Fontana

Vermont Aquaculture Association
C/O Culture Tools
P.O.Box 132
Monkton, VT 05469
Tel. (802) 453-5784
Fax. 802.453.4564
President: Roger Wallace

West Virginia Aquaculture Association
West Virginia University
1052 Agriculture Science Building
P.O. Box 6108
Morgantown, WV 26505-6108

Extension Contacts


Tessa Getchis (Principal Extension Contact for CT)
Connecticut Sea Grant, Dept. of Extension
1080 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340-6048
Tel. (860) 405-9104
Fax. (860) 405-9109

Dr. Robert Pomeroy
Connecticut Sea Grant, Dept. of Agriculture and Resource Economics
University of Connecticut
1080 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340-6048
Tel. (860) 405-9215
Email: robert.pomeroy@uconn.edubr

Anoushka Concepcion
Connecticut Sea Grant, Dept. of Extension
University of Connecticut
1080 Shennecossett Rd.
Groton, CT 06340-6048
Tel. (860) 405-9105
Fax. (860) 405-9109

Additional Links:
AquaGuide: An Online Resource Guide for Aquaculute in Connecticut


John W. Ewart (Principal Extension Contact for DE)
Aquaculture & Fisheries Specialist
Delaware Aquaculture Resource Center
Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program
College of Marine and Earth Studies
University of Delaware
700 Pilottown Road
Lewes, DE 19958
Tel. (302) 645-4060
Fax. (302) 645-4213
Specialty: Shellfish and finfish aquaculture; shellfish restoration and stock enhancement; aquatic production systems/live transport; commercial and recreational fisheries; aquaculture waste/effluent management; aquaculture policy; marine/estuarine water quality; technology transfer and training; Information Technologies

Doris T. Hicks
Seafood Technology Specialist
Delaware Sea Grant
Marine Advisory Service
700 Pilottown Road
Lewes, DE 19958
Tel: 302-645-4297
Fax: 302-645-4213

Dr. Dennis McIntosh
Associate Research Professor & Extension Specialist - Aquaculture
Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Delaware State University
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19938
Tel. (302) 857-6456
Fax. (302) 857-6402
Specialty: freshwater and marine aquaculture, water quality, integrated aquaculture/agriculture systems, aquaculture effluents and recirculation technology

Additional Links:
Delaware State University Aquatic Sciences


Chris Bartlett
Maine Sea Grant Program
16 Deep Cove Road
Eastport, ME 04631
Tel. (207) 853-2518
Fax. (207) 853-0940
Specialty: Finfish (Salmon, Halibut)

Dana Morse
Maine Sea Grant Program
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Darling Marine Center
193 Clark's Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573
Tel. (207) 563-3146 ext. 205
Fax (207) 563-3119
Specialty: Marine Fisheries and Shellfish Aquaculture


Dr. Reginal M. Harrell
Professor of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences
Maryland Cooperative Extension
P.O. Box 169
(124 Wye Narrow Drive)
Queenstown, MD 21658-0169
Tel. (410) 827-8056 x140
Fax. (410) 827-9039
Specialty: striped bass cultivation, genetics, physiology, biotechnology

Dr. Andy Lazur
Finfish Aquaculture Specialist
University of Maryland - Sea Grant Extension
Horn Point Environmental Laboratory
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Tel. (410) 221-8474
Fax. (410) 221-8456
Specialty: finfish, aquatic plants

Dr. Donald Meritt
Shellfish Aquaculture Specialist
Horn Point Environmental Laboratory
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Tel. (410) 221-8475
Fax. (410) 221-8456
Specialty: shellfish, hatchery technology

Matt Parker
Aquaculture Business Specialist
University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension
Anne Arundel County
7320 Ritchie Highway, Suite 210
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Tel. 410-222-6759
Fax: 410-222-6747

Tom Rippen
Sea Grant Seafood Technology Specialist
30921 Martin Court
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Tel. (410) 651-6636
Fax. (410) 651-7656
Specialty: seafood technology

Jacqueline U. Takacs
Watershed Restoration Specialist
Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program
18952 E. Fisher Road
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
Tel: (240)393-6508
Specialties: general aquaculture, community-based oyster restoration, K-12 education

Dr. Daniel E. Terlizzi
Center for Marine Biotechnology
Columbus Center Suite 236
701 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Tel. (410) 386-2760
Fax. (410) 876-0132
Specialty: water quality, nutrients, algal ecology/physiology

Donald W. Webster (Principal Extension Contact for MD)
Regional Specialist
University of Maryland
Wye Research & Education Center
P.O. Box 169
Queenstown, MD 21658
Tel. (410) 827-8056
Fax. (410) 827-9039
Specialty: shellfish production; aquaculture policy


Dr. Joseph K. Buttner
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Salem State College
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970
Tel. (978)542-6703, (978)542-6824
Fax. (978)542-6863
Specialty: finfish, shellfish, water quality

Dr. Craig Hollingsworth (Principal Extension Contact for MA)
University of Massachusetts Extension Aquaculture Program
Department of Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences
Agricultural Engineering Building
University of Massachusetts
Amherst MA 01003
Tel. (413) 545-1055
Fax. (413) 545-5858

Diane C. Murphy
Fisheries & Aquaculture Specialist
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension & Woods Hole Sea Grant
Barnstable County Deeds & Probate
1 Railroad Avenue
PO Box 367
Barnstable, MA 02630-0367
Tel. (508) 375-6953 (office)
Tel. (508) 274-7065 (mobile)
Fax. (508) 362-4923 

Josh Reitsma
Marine Program Specialist
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Tel. (508) 375-6950 

Additional Links:
Northeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center (NEMAC)
Western Massachusetts Center for Sustainable Aquaculture

New Jersey

Lisa M. Calvo
Program Coordinator
Rutgers University
Aquaculture Program Coordinator
New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
6959 Miller Avenue
Port Norris, NJ 08349
Tel. (856) 785-0074
Cell (609) 440-4560
Specialties: oyster aquaculture, shellfish disease, community-based oyster restoration, K-12 education

George (Gef) E. Flimlin
Professor/Marine Extension Agent
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County
1623 Whitesville Road
Toms River, NJ 08755
Tel. (732) 349-1152
Fax. (732) 505-8941
Specialties: hard clam and oyster aquaculture, ornamental aquatic plant culture, finfish, community based shellfish restoration

New York

Mr. Gregg Rivara
Cornell Cooperative Extension
3690 Cedar Beach Road
Southold, NY 11971
Tel. (631) 852-8660
Fax. (631) 852-8662
Specialties: shellfish, finfish

Mr. Kim Tetrault
Cornell Cooperation Extension
3690 Cedar Beach Road
Southold, NY 11971
Tel. (631) 852-8660
Fax. (631) 852-8662
Specialty: shellfish

Dr. Michael Timmons (Principal Extension Contact for NY)
Agricultural & Biological Engineering
302 Riley-Robb Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel. (607) 255-1630
Fax. (607) 255-4080
Specialties: engineering, recirculating systems


Ms. Ann Faulds
Pennsylvania Sea Grant
1450 Edgmont Avenue
Suite 150
Chester, PA 19013
Tel. (215) 806-0894

Dr. Steven Hughes
Aquaculture Research & Education Center
Box 200, 1837 University Circle
Cheyney University
Cheyney, PA 19319
Tel. (610) 399-2400
Specialties: finfish culture, nutrition, physiology

Rhode Island

Azure Dee Cygler
Fisheries and Aquaculture Extension Specialist
Rhode Island Sea Grant/Coastal Resources Center
Graduate School of Oceanography
University of Rhode Island
220 South Ferry Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
Tel. (401) 874-6197
Web: http://www.crc.uri,edu

Dr. Dale F. Leavitt
Assistant Professor
Aquaculture Extension Specialist
220 M&NS
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809-2921
Tel. (401) 254-3047 (office)
Tel. (401) 450-2581 (mobile)
Fax. (401) 254-3310
Specialty: shellfish

Dr. Michael Rice (Principal Extension Contact for RI)
Department of Fisheries, Animal & Veterinary Sciences
University of Rhode Island Fisheries Center
Woodward Hall, Room 126
Kingston, RI 02881
Tel. (401) 874-2943
Fax. (401) 874-7575
Specialty: shellfish


Dr. Theo Willis 
Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program
School of Natural Resources
317 Aiken Center
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05401
Tel. (802) 856-0682
Fax (802) 856-8683

West Virginia

WVU Extension Service
1052 Agricultural Sciences Building
P.O. Box 6108
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108

Office: 304-293-2657
Fax: 304-293-6954


2019 RFA for Pre-proposals due September 19, 2018  

Forms for 2019 Pre-proposal in Word form

This is for reference only.

2018 RFA for Full Proposals due November 13, 2017 (submissions by request only)

Mini Grant RFA 2018  Budget Template
Applications due June 29, 2018 
RFA closed, for reference only.  Thank you to all that submitted.

Address, Contact & Resources

Address & Contact

2113 Animal Sciences Bldg 142
College Park, MD 21042
Phone: 301-405-6511
Fax: 301-314-9412

Center Staff