Oysters in a cage

Photo by Chuck Weirich

These organizations support individuals involved in marine aquaculture.

N.C. Aquaculture Association


This is a private nonprofit corporation formed in 1991. It provides support through promotion, marketing and other beneficial acts to strengthen, expand and diversify the freshwater and marine aquaculture industries in North Carolina. Each February, the association hosts the N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference.

N.C. Shellfish Growers Association


Founded in 1995, this organization represents the interests of those involved in the shellfish industry. Its members include shellfish farmers, hatchery operators, seafood dealers, educators, researchers, government regulators and service providers.

East Coast Shellfish Growers Association


The association represents more than 1,000 shellfish farmers from Maine to Florida. They produce sustainable farmed shellfish while providing thousands of jobs in rural coastal towns.