January 27, 2023 USTFA

eeBlue Aquaculture Literacy Hosts Mini-Grant Awardees Virtual Symposium

Join the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on February 8-9 for a virtual symposium to learn about 10 mini-grant projects — each with partners from aquaculture farms, environmental education, and research — that worked to enhance public understanding of aquaculture.

The eeBLUE aquaculture literacy mini-grants program is an exciting new pilot program that is supporting informal learning institutions, seafood farmers, and NOAA partners in co-developing innovative sustainable aquaculture experiences. Successful applicants received up to $15,000 to spend on developing aquaculture education, communications, and outreach programming.

These mini-grants are one part of an ongoing effort by NOAA’s Community of Practice for Aquaculture Literacy (CoPAL) to increase public understanding of the environmental, economic, and social aspects of aquaculture through exemplary collaborative programming. In addition to forging lasting partnerships, the collective knowledge, skills, and products created through funded mini-grant activities will be integrated into CoPAL’s best practices for aquaculture communications, outreach, and education.

Funding for this pilot program was provided by NOAA Fisheries and the National Sea Grant Office, and awards are collaboratively managed by NOAA Office of Education and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)offsite link through the eeBLUE partnership.