eeBLUE Aquaculture Literacy Mini-Grants Program

Briana Warner, President/CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms, holds up kelp from a farm in Maine; Oyster harvest on a sustainable North Carolina shellfish farm. Cindy Sandoval/NOAA Fisheries; Oyster farmers return cages to the waters off of Nantucket, MA. Brianna Shaughnessy/NOAA.
Briana Warner, President/CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms, holds up kelp from a farm in Maine; Oyster harvest on a sustainable North Carolina shellfish farm. Cindy Sandoval/NOAA Fisheries; Oyster farmers return cages to the waters off of Nantucket, MA. Brianna Shaughnessy/NOAA.

eeBLUE Mini-Grants Program: Engaging and Advancing Aquaculture Literacy

This grant program supports partnerships sharing the mutual aquaculture literacy goals of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Education, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and National Sea Grant Office. The mini-grants will provide informal learning institutions, the aquaculture industry, and NOAA partners with support for the co-development of innovative educational experiences that explore aquaculture topics. 

Definition of aquaculture literacy

Aquaculture literacy within a community builds off of and supports the collective goals of environmental literacy. These projects  implement educational opportunities that build the collective environmental literacy necessary for communities to become more familiar with the aquaculture sector and understand related environmental topics.

Congratulations to the Awardees!

Grants support collaborative projects that create a partnership between (1) informal learning institutions (aquariums), (2) aquaculture industry experts (e.g., the shellfishing community), and (3) NOAA. The funded projects will reach a minimum of 4 regions, prioritizing partnerships between Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers (CELC) network members as the informal learning institution. Grant activities will focus on the co-production and delivery of essential education and outreach resources to the target audiences served by understanding and discussing aquaculture topics related to their community.

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View information about the mini-grants application process here.

NAAEE, NOAA, and eeBLUE

In addition to managing this grant program focused on building partnerships, NAAEE is working closely with NOAA’s Office of Education to support a wide range of outreach and education opportunities through the eeBLUE Partnership program. Through this mini-grant opportunity, one of many collaborative eeBLUE efforts, NAAEE is committed to leveraging NOAA and NAAEE resources to increase participants’ understanding and stewardship of sustainable aquaculture activities and related environmental topics. NAAEE is also interested in forging lasting partnerships between environmental education providers, aquaculture industry experts, and NOAA to achieve greater impacts at several levels. This competitively-based funding opportunity aims to support such partnerships by funding the development of aquaculture education programs that are responsive to the following goals of the Community of Practice for Aquaculture Literacy (CoPAL):

  • Bringing aquaculture education programming to institutions and/or target audiences currently lacking resources; 
  • Building the capacity of environmental education providers to offer high-quality programming in informal and formal settings by matching aquaculture communication needs with existing research; and 
  • Developing creative approaches for public engagement promotes a culture that values innovation, exploration, and community-relevant learning as a context for improving public aquaculture literacy.