About MAA & Aquaculture in MA

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Who is MAA?

 

The Massachusetts Aquaculture Association (MAA), is a non-profit Trade Association formed in 1986 to promote the continued development of aquaculture (i.e. the farming of aquatic products), and to improve conditions affecting aquaculture in Massachusetts. The goals of MAA are to represent the interests of Massachusetts aquatic farmers, to encourage promotion of high quality aquaculture products, to grow a thriving aquaculture industry, facilitate the development and transfer of relevant technology and to maintain an effective network between industry, government, and researchers. 

MAA is self-motivated and believes that the strength, collaboration and cooperation between the aquaculture industry,  local and state governments is essential. Because of this strong relationship and understanding over the years there have been many legislative actions advancing the aquaculture industry. 

MAA participates annually in Agricultural Day at the Massachusetts state house and has frequent interaction with legislative and executive branch members. From these opportunities members of the MAA  meeting with both representatives and senators to share industry priorities and discuss crucial information as well as legislation regarding the aquaculture industry. MAA brings together the growers, harvesters, fishermen, and support businesses that comprise a large population of workers in Massachusetts and are vital to the Commonwealth's "growing" economy.   

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Aquaculture in Massachusetts

Aquaculture is among the fastest growing agricultural sectors. There have been several aquatic plants, fish and shellfish grown in the Commonwealth but currently Kelp, Brown, Brook and Rainbow Trout, Baramundi, Blue Mussels, Surf Clams, Razor Clams, Soft Shell Clams, Hard Clams (Quahog) and American Oysters are being cultivated. 

Oyster farming represents the predominant form of aquaculture in Massachusetts. In fact the value of oyster farming alone currently ranks 3rd in value of all landed seafood in Massachusetts behind only Sea Scallops and Lobster. Aquaculture also ranks 5th in value of all agricultural products and generates an estimated $50 million impact on the Commonwealth's economy.

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Why MAA?

MAA seeks to:

  • Promote high quality Massachusetts aquaculture products.
  • Facilitate growth of a thriving and sustainable aquaculture industry.
  • Support development and transfer technology relevant to aquaculture industry.
  • Maintain an effective network between industry, government, and researchers. 

What MAA Does:

  • Represents MAA members and association priorities at local, state and federal levels including review of laws and regulations that may impact aquaculture, harvester, dealer and related businesses
  • Advocates directly and in collaboration with the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation on legislative and regulatory matters important to the industry.
  • Tracks and shares news about and for Massachusetts aquaculture including providing alerts and announcements that are important to Massachusetts aquatic growers. 
  • Provides a forum for the exchange of information between MAA members.