NOAA Cares Act Funding (Fisheries Assistance Funding) 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides economic assistance to marine fishery participants (including aquaculture) impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application deadline is October 30, 2020 (mailed applications must be postmarked by October 30, 2020); visit website listed above for application and affidavit


USDA Cares Act Funding (Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2)

USDA has expanded its CARES Act funding to include shellfish aquaculture The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program or CFAP 2 will provide producers with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Application period open through December 11, 2020; to apply, you must reach out to your county USDA office.


Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program

Status: small businesses that have fewer than twenty employees or a 2019 payroll of less than $1.5 million are eligible for with a one-time grant of $5,000; DECD estimates it will begin accepting online applications the week of November 9, 2020, and all of the funds are anticipated to be disbursed by December 30.


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Status: SBA is currently accepting applications for new Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), however funds for loan advance program has been exhausted; apply online at the address above


Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (also called “SBA PPP”)

Status: The program closed August 8, 2020. SBA is no longer accepting PPP applications from participating lenders.


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 (3/26/20)

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


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