Marine Aquaculture Species for the Northeast
Many aquatic animals and plants are cultured commercially in the northeastern United States, while others have been grown for restoration or for use in research. Finfish, shellfish, aquatic plants, and other organisms are cultured commercially and recreationally for food, bait, stocking, research, bioassay tests, ornamental markets, and instructional aids. Table 1 lists 33 species or varieties of marine animals and plants cultured in the region. No one species dominates production: an animal or plant cultured successfully in one system or location may prove impractical or unprofitable in another. This fact sheet describes major species currently in commercial production, those that have shown potential, and others now under experimental investigation.