This map shows some biological, oceanographic, and geological features that are relevant to aquaculture, specifically eelgrass beds, water depth, and sediment grain size.

Data Considerations

These datasets can be used to inform aquaculture site selection by identifying areas where conditions may be favorable to aquaculture production or where aquaculture activities may conflict with natural habitats.


As of November 2013, these datasets are complete based on the most recent available information. We will review eelgrass data periodically to include the most up-to-date information about eelgrass coverage. We are working with the aquaculture industry to determine additional needs for aquaculture site selection.

Support for Regional Ocean Planning

For information about how these data and maps are being developed with stakeholder input and used to support regional ocean planning, please visit the aquaculture page on the Northeast Regional Planning Body’s website.