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Let’s Grow: Meet Our New Aquaculture Coordinator

Our region has a small but vibrant commercial marine aquaculture industry supported by a world-class research and technology sector. There is great capacity for increased aquaculture production in our waters. Farmed species in the Greater Atlantic include fish, shellfish, and sea vegetables grown as food for human consumption. Hatchery-raised species are also used to support important commercial and recreational fisheries, and for habitat and endangered species restoration. Aquacultured products are grown for medical research, pharmaceuticals, food additives, ornamentals, and aquarium commerce.

Kevin Madley, NOAA Greater Atlantic Regions' new aquaculture coordinator.

Aquaculture creates employment and business opportunities in coastal communities and provides safe, sustainable seafood. It complements NOAA's comprehensive strategy for maintaining healthy and productive marine populations, species, ecosystems and coastal communities.

To encourage the development of aquaculture in the region, we brought on board a new Aquaculture Coordinator. Do you have questions about topics such as the permitting process to farm oysters or black sea bass, or how to grow sea vegetables? Do you want to know more about funding options to support research on alternative methods for growing kelp and mussels?  If so, you should contact Kevin Madley in our Regional Office. Kevin has worked for NOAA Fisheries for more than seven years following prior work in state government and private industry consulting.

In his new role, Kevin has several main tasks:

  1. Advising NOAA staff and other state and Federal partners about management and development of marine aquaculture; 
  2. Providing information about aquaculture and Federal aquaculture permitting to people interested in starting or maintaining aquaculture projects and businesses in the region; and
  3. Preparing outreach and educational materials related to marine aquaculture policy and management/science activities.

Handful of baby oysters.

Kevin’s role is to assist stakeholders, advise Federal agencies, and coordinate with state agencies to reduce and resolve issues that may arise for new and seasoned aquaculturists. He will work to protect marine resources and other industries that may be impacted by the siting of aquaculture facilities. Kevin will also identify research needs to foster marine aquaculture in our region and assist with grant programs that have a connection to aquaculture.

We recognize that aquaculture is one of many approaches needed to meet increasing global demand for seafood. If you have questions or need help entering the industry, contact Kevin at 978-282-8494 or email him at

Also, you can find more information on aquaculture in our region.