News Center Maine reports on grant to advance sustainable aquaculture 

News Center Maine reported on a $1.6 million grant awarded to the University of Maine to advance sustainable aquaculture. NOAA National Sea Grant Program awarded $16 million for 42 projects nationwide that comprise the 2019 Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative. Maine Sea Grant, researchers at UMaine, other institutions, and partner organizations received the funds to lead four projects in collaboration with aquaculture industry, management and community partners. “Thousands of Mainers rely on marine industries for their livelihoods, and aquaculture is a promising area for growth,” said U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King. According to NOAA Fisheries, the United States imports 85% of its seafood, which has resulted in a $14 billion trade deficit, leading to new opportunities in aquaculture to meet the demands of seafood consumption, News Center Maine reported. “These new funds will help enable the next level of sustainable development for Maine’s seafood economy and brand, while addressing working waterfront and community needs,” said Gayle Zydlewski, director of Maine Sea Grant and a professor in the UMaine School of Marine Sciences. The Portland Press Herald also reported on the grant.