USDA Direct Aid for Aquaculture - USDA announced $9.5B in assistance for farmers; no state by state allocation, includes some aquaculture sectors. Agency is seeking comments before June 22 (information on how to submit comments here)

NOAA Direct Aid for Aquaculture - NOAA announced $300M in assistance for fisheries; $1.8M for Connecticut fisheries; includes some aquaculture sectors. State officials will announce proposed allocation for public comment in June.

US Small Business Association Loan Program (all loan types)
1-800-659-2955 | e-mail

US SBA Emergency Economic Injury Grants (COVID-specific)

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.

US SBA Paycheck Protection Program (COVID-specific)

Details on SBA Paycheck Protection Program and How to Apply
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

Farm Credit East Loan Program
(860) 774-0717 | e-mail

Farm Service Agency Loan Program
(860) 319-8072 | e-mail


Connecticut Aquaculture Snapshot

Aquaculture plays an important role in producing domestic seafood as well as supplying ornamentals such as corals, fish and invertebrates that would otherwise be harvested from fragile reef ecosystems.

Connecticut is a leading U.S. producer of oysters and clams and boasts large natural oyster beds along its coast.

Connecticut is working to promote new aquaculture products such as kelp (seaweed), branzino (European sea bass), aquaponic vegetables and eels.

Aquaculture farms occupy over 50,000 acres in Long Island Sound (that’s twice the size of Walt Disney World!)

Aquaculture producers depend on clean water to grow local, healthy seafood products.

The state has three aquaculture-focused high schools locate in Groton, New Haven and Bridgeport, as well as many Vo-Ag centers that offer aquaculture instruction.

Connecticut has a coral research and demonstration farm located in New London.

Learn more about Connecticut aquaculture in our special issues of Wrack Lines Magazine

Spring/Summer 2018
Spring/Summer 2016
Spring/Summer 2014

Learn about Connecticut’s efforts to grow responsible shellfish aquaculture

Connecticut Shellfish Initiative Vision Plan
Update to CSI_2019
Accomplishments_2014 to 2019

Eating Seafood

What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know 

2018 Global Aquaculture Statistics Available

State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture Report



Results of Connecticut Aquaculture Producer Survey (3/26, 9:30am)

National Aquaculture Association Survey on Impacts to Aquaculture

Commissioner Deems Agriculture “Essential Business”


Per the Connecticut DA/BA, water sampling will continue along the coast so that harvest areas may remain open. (March 17, 2020)
Email David Carey
Phone (203) 874-0696


Aquaculture Farm Financial Management
FREE webinar, April 3rd at 3:00pm

Aquaculture 101 Skills
Free online course