Trade Associations













Aquaculture trade associations provide technical, educational, political and marketing support to Maine aquaculturists at the state, regional, national and international levels

Maine Aquaculture Association – The Maine Aquaculture Association (MAA) is the oldest state aquaculture trade associations in the country. We were founded in 1976 by local oyster growers along the Damariscotta River.  Since that time we have expanded to represent all aquaculture in the state including freshwater and marine farmers and shellfish and finfish farmers. Membership in the association is open to all interested individuals, organizations and companies.


ECSGA – The East Coast Shellfish Growers Association represents over 1000 shellfish farmers from Maine to Florida. These proud stewards of the marine environment produce sustainable farmed shellfish while providing thousands of jobs in rural coastal towns. The ECSGA informs policy makers and regulators to protect a way of life.


National Aquaculture Association   The NAA’s mission is to provide a unified national voice for aquaculture that ensures its sustainability, protects its profitability, and encourages its development in an environmentally responsible manner.


World Aquaculture Society    The World Aquaculture Society, through its commitment to excellence in science, technology, education, and information exchange, will contribute to the progressive and sustainable development of aquaculture throughout the world.


Canadian Aquaculture Association  The AAC has  a mandate to transfer information between the various sectors of the aquaculture community. It does this by organizing workshops and conferences on topical issues, publishing the proceedings of these events, and supporting students through scholarships, travel bursaries, and best-paper awards.