What does marine aquaculture look like? Do we have marine aquaculture in the U.S.? Where? These are questions posed by many in the general public who know little, if anything about marine aquaculture. Most people are familiar with land-based farming as they’ve likely passed them at some point in their travels and may even know someone who works or has worked on a farm. The same is not true for marine aquaculture. This Toolkit was designed to help improve public perceptions about responsible marine aquaculture by providing accurate information. This is great for those already in the know, but a critical first step for most of the general public is simply making them more familiar with what marine aquaculture is and what the sector looks like in the U.S. Seafood for the Future created a story map, titled: Marine Aquaculture: Operations in the United States, for this purpose and we need your help to make it a useful tool for educators, communicators, and even researchers.
The story map provides a general overview of what marine aquaculture is, its status in the United States, and why it is important. It features a map of U.S. marine aquaculture operations (operating and in the permitting process) across the country In addition to providing quantitative details regarding production and scale, the included images and context help the public begin to understand what marine aquaculture in the U.S. looks like. It is important that we include as many farms as possible to paint a more accurate picture of what marine aquaculture really looks like in the U.S. The more robust it is, the more useful it will be as a communication and reference tool.
If you are interested in featuring your farm on the story map, please contact Mackenzie Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.