Education is an important component of the Massachusetts Aquaculture Development plan. Aquaculture education, in academic settings as well as public forums, cultivates industry development by generating appropriately targeted research, encouraging workforce development, promoting public awareness and cultivating potential aquaculturists. In Massachusetts , where public and municipal entities often have bearing over aquaculture project development, public awareness is especially critical toward aquaculture development.

With the importance of education in mind, a number of efforts have been undertaken to promote academic and public education opportunities. Relationships that have enabled strong collaboration and the sharing of resources have been formed, such as with the Aquaculture Centers , SEMAC, NEMAC and WMCSA, which have facilitated educating the public about aquaculture and keeping the industry aware of new technology.