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Regional Aquaculture Centers (RACs)

NIFA works in close partnership with and funds operating costs and grants for five regional aquaculture centers (RACs). The mission of the RACs is to support aquaculture research, development, demonstration, and extension education to enhance viable and profitable U.S. aquaculture production to benefit consumers, producers, service industries, and the American economy.

The RACs encourage collaborative research and extension education aquaculture programs with regional or national application. RACs programs complement and strengthen existing aquaculture research and extension programs supported by USDA, the National Sea Grant Program, and other public institutions. Projects developed and funded by the RACs are based on aquaculture industry needs and are designed to affect commercial aquaculture development directly in all U.S. states and territories. In these activities, interagency cooperation and shared funding of priority projects are strongly encouraged.


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