The Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal (CAPP) is a toolbox of coastal planning tools designed to assist managers, planners, and industry with sustainable aquaculture development. This toolbox was developed in partnership with Digital Coast, a product of the NOAA National Ocean Service Office of Coastal ManagementChoose one of the subportals below.

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  2. Shellfish Planning and Siting (31)
  3. Finfish Planning and Siting (23)
  4. Environmental Interactions (14)
  5. Environmental Modeling (3)

Guide for marine cage culture BMPs in the U.S. Caribbean

 Aquaculture application: These BMPs are useful for guiding the management practices of cage culture operations to ensure productivity and environmental stewardship in the U.S. Caribbean.

Contributing Partners: GCFISea Grant, DRNA
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Visualize seascape from various types of coastal development using your photographs and the CanVis library.

 Aquaculture application: Use the aquaculture library to create visions by adding to your seascape aquaculture.

Instructional video: https://goo.gl/tFrmUE

Webinar: https://goo.gl/Jdoi7G

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCMNOAA NCCOSUSDA National Agroforestry Center
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Use state-of-the-art climate models and statistical analysis to explore how climate scenarios may effect aquaculture.

 Aquaculture application: Explore how climate scenarios may affect the aquaculture industry and the community.

Contributing PartnersTNC
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Translates existing benthic habitat data sets to the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS).

 Aquaculture application: Classifies benthic habitat to assist with aquaculture siting.

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCM
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Create a map of potential ecological, social, and economic impacts from rising seas and changing climate.

 Aquaculture application: Assess coastal change and effects on coastal aquaculture in the present and future.

Contributing PartnersUSGS

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Turn complex data into easy-to-understand stories, complete with charts and graphs.

 Aquaculture application: Map a coastal county’s dependence on ocean and wetlands for a healthy economy to assess potential for aquaculture siting.

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCM

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Create a map of potential ecological, social, and economic impacts from rising seas and changing climate.

 Aquaculture application: Map aquaculture coastal planning efforts and evaluate resiliency options.

Contributing Partners: ASFPMNatural Capital ProjectTNCNOAA OCMUSGSUCSCUSM
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Interactive decision-support tool for the Connecticut coastline that will assist new or current growers in siting new or expanding shellfish operations by providing a simple tool to assess conditions based on existing datasets.

 Aquaculture application: The tool is designed to provide information to help potential shellfish farmers determine site feasibility, potential risks, and long-term suitability for particular areas in Connecticut.

Contributing PartnersUCONNCLEARSea GrantConnecticut Department of Agriculture

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The Cultured Aquatic Species Fact Sheet collection provides baseline information of environmental conditions needed for some aquaculture species.

 Aquaculture application: Provides a general overview of various aquaculture aspects including production systems, diseases and control measures, production statistics, and market and trade for the most important species in aquaculture.

Contributing PartnersFAO

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Computes the rate of shoreline change using multiple historical shoreline positions.

 Aquaculture application: Assess the effects of moving shorelines on aquaculture siting.

Contributing PartnersUSGS

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Simplifies the use of electronic navigational charts.

 Aquaculture application: Use NOAAs nautical charts to assist in aquaculture siting.

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCM

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Helps users obtain and compare various ocean and Great Lakes economic data sets.

 Aquaculture application: Provides a quick summary of your ocean economy and the possible impact of aquaculture on economic value of ocean regions.

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCM

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As a response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, NOAA has created this map to show the impacts and restoration of the affected coastlines and the Gulf itself.

 Aquaculture application: This map has many useful data layers that relate to the siting and sustainability of coastal aquaculture.

Contributing PartnersNOAA Office of Response and Restoration

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Provides documents related to this program through text or map based queries.

 Aquaculture application: Search for studies related to aquaculture.

Contributing PartnersBOEMNOAA OCM
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A desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.

 Aquaculture application: This map will allow shellfish farmers to analyze local rainwater runoff in their area in efforts to site shellfish leases with a decreased risk of closure after heavy rain events.

Contributing PartnersEPA

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Display essential fish habitat boundaries and associated areas protected from fishing.

 Aquaculture application: Identify potential species interactions with aquaculture siting.

Contributing PartnersNOAA Office of Habitat Conservation
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View, retrieve, and analyze a wide range of estuarine data from multiple sources.

 Aquaculture application: Map water quality and interactions with aquaculture.

Contributing PartnersEPA
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A global map showing all the aquaculture facilities that have the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certification.

 Aquaculture application: Aquaculture application: The map identifies the locations of all BAP-certified farms, hatcheries, feed mills, processing plants and repackaging plants.

Contributing PartnersGlobal Aquaculture Alliance
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Identify priority locations for conservation, restoration, and planning (extension to ArcGIS with Spatial Analyst).

 Aquaculture application: Identify possible habitat interactions with aquaculture siting.

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCM
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Allows decision-makers to map and value goods and services from nature.

 Aquaculture application: Enables decision makers to assess the trade-offs associated with alternative choices and identify areas where investment in natural capital (Aquaculture) can enhance human development and conservation in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.

Contributing PartnersNatural Capital Project
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Identifies suitable locations for planting native marsh grasses during coastal wetland restoration.

 Aquaculture application: Identifies areas where shellfish aquaculture siting may interact with wetland restoration.

Contributing PartnersNOAA CO-OPS
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Assessment of marine cage culture and environmental interactions

 Aquaculture application: This state of science analysis provides information for environmental assessments and consultations for aquaculture permitting of net-pen and other types of marine cage aquaculture.

Contributing PartnersNOAA NOS NCCOS
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A collection of over 250 geoprocessing tools.

 Aquaculture application: Coastal planning and siting of aquaculture at local and regional scales.

Contributing PartnersDuke University
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Supplies baseline ocean planning information.

 Aquaculture application: Download and visualize various type of coastal planning data including spatial data for the Nation’s aquaculture industry (search for the “aquaculture” layer).

Contributing Partners: BOEMNOAA OCM
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Supports conservation planning design and evaluation.

 Aquaculture application: Consider possible zones or aquaculture areas when planning coastal aquaculture.

Contributing PartnersUniversity of Queensland Australia
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Interactive decision-support tool for the Maryland coastline that will assist new or current growers in siting new or expanding aquaculture operations by providing a simple tool to assess conditions and resource conflicts based on existing datasets.

 Aquaculture application: The tool is designed to provide information to help potential shellfish farmers determine site feasibility, potential risks, and long-term suitability for particular areas in Maryland.

Contributing PartnersMaryland DNR
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Interactive decision-support tool for the Massachusetts coastline that will assist new or current growers in siting new or expanding shellfish aquaculture operations by providing a simple tool to assess conditions and resource conflicts based on existing datasets.

 Aquaculture application: The tool is designed to provide information to help potential shellfish farmers determine site feasibility, potential risks, and long-term suitability for particular areas in Massachusetts.

Contributing PartnersMassGIS
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An online toolkit and resource center that consolidates available data and enables state, federal, and local users and the general public to visualize and analyze ocean resources and human use information such as fishing grounds, recreational areas, shipping lanes, habitat areas, and energy sites, among others.

 Aquaculture application: The Data Portal serves as a platform to engage all stakeholders in the five coastal Mid-Atlantic states, putting all of the essential data and state-of-the-art mapping and visualization technology into the hands of the agencies, industry, community leaders, and stakeholders engaged in ocean planning.

Contributing PartnersMARCO
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The National production page includes a map on aquaculture production of aquatic animals for human consumption (tonnes) in 2009.

 Aquaculture application: This map depicts a global overview of aquaculture production by category (fish, shellfish, etc.) helping the user asses the global market.

Contributing PartnersFAO
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Helps assess proposed conservation projects by integrating conservation data with land use and resource management information.

 Aquaculture application: Integrates conservation and land use information with aquaculture siting.

Contributing PartnersNatureServe
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Interactive decision-support tool for the New York coastline that will assist new or current growers in choosing a lease site for shellfish aquaculture.

 Aquaculture application: The tool is designed to provide information to help potential shellfish farmers determine site feasibility, potential risks, and long-term suitability for particular areas in New York.

Contributing PartnersSuffolk County Aquaculture Lease Program
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Did you know that NOAA conducts aquaculture research all across the country? This is a comprehensive overview of aquaculture research projects carried out by NOAA scientists.

 Aquaculture application: A look into new and emerging research and technology being carried out by NOAA to ensure sustainable and environmentally conscious aquaculture for the future.

Contributing PartnersNOAA NMFS
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Based on the idea of a traditional atlas but offered via the Internet by NOAA, the Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas provides answers to questions related to the physical environment, marine resources, and socioeconomic conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.

 Aquaculture application: The interactive Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas provides general knowledge of the activity and water quality for siting aquaculture in the Gulf.

Contributing PartnersNOAA
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Interactive decision-support tool for the North Carolina coastline that will assist new or current growers in siting new or expanding shellfish operations.

 Aquaculture application: The tool is designed to provide information to help potential shellfish farmers determine site feasibility, potential risks, and long-term suitability for particular areas in North Carolina.

Contributing PartnersUNCW
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A comprehensive overview of aquaculture production and siting for the Northeastern United States.

 Aquaculture application: This map allows you to view shellfish, finfish and algae aquaculture locations to aid in siting and competition analysis for future farms.

Contributing PartnersNortheast Ocean Data
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Maps the Pacific Northwest coastal region for shellfish farmers. This map includes atmospheric forecasts, water conditions as well as chlorophyll concentrations. For more general information and forecasting there is the Data Explorer.

 Aquaculture application: This allows shellfish growers in the Pacific Northwest to monitor current and forecasted conditions of the coastal waters regarding shellfish parameters.

Contributing PartnersNANOOS
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Constitutes a database of environmental and historic preservation statutes and other information on the protection of underwater cultural heritage on the outer continental shelf.

 Aquaculture application: Search current laws associated with aquaculture.

Contributing PartnersBOEMNOAA Office of General CounselNOAA OCM
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Measure potential runoff, nonpoint source pollution, and erosion.

 Aquaculture application: Assess the potential for erosion and pollution from runoff on water quality in possible aquaculture development areas.

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCM
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Assessment of protected species (marine mammals, sea turtles, and birds) interactions with marine aquaculture around the globe.

 Aquaculture application: This state of science analysis provides information for environmental assessments and consultations for aquaculture permitting.

Contributing PartnersNOAA NOS NCCOS
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An interactive portal that displays multiple parameters to include, water quality, weather data, geographical features, essential fish habitat and more.

 Aquaculture application: This interactive portal allows you to view biological, chemical and geographic parameters for the siting of aquaculture.

Contributing PartnersSECOORAIOOS
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These maps show current and potential hazards to shellfish aquaculture along Virginia’s coastline.

 Aquaculture application: These maps allow shellfish farmers in Virgnia to make informed decisions about the siting of their leases based off of current and potential water quality hazards, which would reduce oyster and clam mortalities.

Contributing PartnersVIMSCCRM
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A compilation of permitting process for placement of shellfish structures (federal process), general permitting info, guidance documents, flow charts, etc. (local, state, federal process) and regulations (state).

 Aquaculture application: This compilation of information will provide the knowledge needed for future shellfish farmers to properly permit and site a shellfish lease within their state.

Contributing PartnersNOAA NMFS
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Provides access to classification and spatial data for all marine protected areas.

 Aquaculture application: Map marine protected areas and assess how aquaculture is and could be interacting with MPA natural resources.

Contributing PartnersNOAA MPA
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Vertically transforms geospatial data between a variety of tidal, orthometric, and ellipsoidal datums.

 Aquaculture application: Map the impacts of rising tides on aquaculture siting and management.

Contributing PartnersNOAA CO-OPSNOAA NGSNOAA OCS
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