Mainebiz reports Aquaculture Research Institute to receive NOAA grant for new certificate program

Mainebiz reported the University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute has been selected to receive a $123,735 workforce development grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to fund a pilot project creating an aquaculture certificate program. The project, “Aquaculture Workforce Development: Certificate in Applied Sustainable Aquaculture,” is designed to address aquaculture industry workforce needs by facilitating alternative career opportunities for traditional fishing communities through the institute’s internship program and a new 12-credit certificate program. The NOAA grant — one of five awarded in the United States — is administered by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and the project also is supported by University of Maine System funds, the article states. Saving Seafood also published the Mainebiz report.