Aquaculture North America

NIFA appoints new Aquaculture Program Lead

April 17, 2015
By Erich Luening

Dr. Gene Kim has been recently appointed as the new National Program Leader for Aquaculture at the US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). 

His work will include providing aquaculture leadership, expertise, and management for grant programs, such as Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Small Business Innovation Research Program, Capacity Grants, Special Research Grants Program for Aquaculture Research), the Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture, and the Regional Aquaculture Centers.

He was previously the Program Director for Aquaculture in the National Sea Grant Office at NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) where he directed  extramural research granting programs for aquaculture, orchestrated a national network of Sea Grant aquaculture extension agents and projects, contributed topical expertise for fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood issues, chaired a NOAA international aquaculture science bilateral, and provided oversight and review for four state Sea Grant Programs in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Located at the USDA-NIFA office in Washington, DC, he can be reached at


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