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Right now, most U.S. marine aquaculture products come from shellfish, which are grown onshore or in coastal areas. However, new technology and equipment, and the promising results of open ocean aquaculture demonstration projects in state waters, are leading to opportunities for seafood farming further from the coast, in federal waters three to 200 miles off shore. The federal waters of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone cover 3.4 million square miles of ocean and hold promise for this new type of aquaculture.