2021 NOAA Aquaculture funding – Marine Finfish Aquaculture: Juvenile Production Technologies

Marine Finfish Aquaculture: Juvenile Production Technologies

Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $5,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will advance marine finfish juvenile production technologies for aquaculture. The overall goal is to develop and refine reproduction/broodstock, hatchery, and/or nursery strategies enabling the reliable production of sufficient quantities of juvenile marine finfish to supply on-growing operations.   

Research funded through this competition must be focused on one or more of the following 19 finfish species: 

  • Almaco jack, Seriola rivoliana; • Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua; • Black sea bass, Centropristis striata; • California yellowtail, Seriola lalandi; • Cobia, Rachycentron canadum; • Florida pompano, Trachinotus carolinus; • Olive flounder, Paralichthys olivaceus; • Red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus; • Sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria; • Spotted wolffish, Anarhichas minor; • Striped bass, Morone saxatilis; • White sea bass, Atractoscion nobilis; • California halibut, Paralichthys californicus; • Spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus; • Greater amberjack, Seriola dumerili; • Southern flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma; • Summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus; • Tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis; • Steelhead trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss

Strong applications will address program priorities and will integrate research and extension. Proposals are sought that support broad, non-proprietary research to address critical gaps with respect to marine finfish juvenile production technologies; make that information available to U.S. coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture businesses; and include Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and also preferably industry stakeholders. These investments are consistent with Sea Grant’s focus area of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA) and the Sea Grant Network’s 10-year Aquaculture Vision, both which support NOAA and Department of Commerce aquaculture goals.

All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a Sea Grant program. Other interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant Program.


Sea Grant anticipates having approximately $5,000,000 to fund approximately 5-10 projects for up to three years in the following categories:

  • Up to $1,000,000 in Federal funds can be requested for projects addressing the program priorities. 
  • Projects are anticipated to begin July 1, 2022, and can run up to three years, with projects completed no later than June 30, 2025.
  • Non-federal matching funds equal to at least 50% of the federal funding request must be provided unless a waiver justified by statute is granted.


Submission information

All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a Sea Grant program. Other interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant Program. Partners interested in working with Wisconsin Sea Grant for this opportunity should reach out to Melissa Boyce (maboyce@wisc.edu) as soon as possible. 

Notice to Submit:

Submitted by partners by 5.p.m. November 9, 2021, and must be sent by email to:

The Notice to Submit must include the following:

  • Tentative Project Title
  • Tentative Objectives
  • Proposed Sea Grant Program(s) involved
  • Potential Co-PIs and other existing or potential project partners
  • Project point of contact with email
  • Estimation of Federal funds requested by year.


Full proposals:

Partners who submitted a Notice to Submit should work with Wisconsin Sea Grant for further instructions on how we will work together to prepare applications and associated deadlines. Wisconsin Sea Grant must submit any/all full proposal applications to Grants.gov (https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007054 ) by the January 27 deadline.


For more information

Read formal announcement on Grants.gov NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007054.

Informational Webinar October 15, 2021 at 2 pm ET (Link to join webinar here)

Wisconsin Sea Grant Program Contact
Melissa Boyce – maboyce@wisc.edu