Given the NCRAC goal of “establishing strong and vibrant state aquaculture associations,” it is essential to first have a thorough understanding of 1) why some aquaculture producers choose to join associations and others do not; 2) how producers value the various types of activities undertaken by state associations; 3) what types of services or programs would attract membership; and 4) what barriers and challenges exist to organizing and sustaining state aquaculture associations.
- To design and implement a survey of aquaculture producers throughout the NCR to identify reasons why they have either never joined a state association, joined but then did not renew their membership, or are current members.
- To measure how producers value the various types of activities undertaken by state associations, identify the types of services or programs that would attract membership, and identify barriers and challenges to organizing and sustaining state aquaculture associations.
- To develop strategies likely to increase membership and strengthen state associations.
|Carole Engle/Paul Zajicek (Engle-Stone/NAA)||1 -3||$21,000|
|Chris Weeks (Michigan State University)||1-3||$3,500|
|Nicholas Phelps (Univ. of Minnesota)||1-3||$3,500|
|Tom Worley (OSU)||1-3||$3,500|
Project Number: 26