Aquaculture

Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement

Harbor Branch Aquaculture Park

Aquaculture, the farming of plants and animals in aquatic environments, can be used to grow freshwater and saltwater organisms for food, sport fishing, ecosystem restoration, aquarium markets and pharmaceuticals. The Aquaculture & Stock Enhancement Program:

  • researches and develops methods for growing finfish, shellfish and algae for food and stock enhancement that minimize production costs and maximize product quality and environmental sustainability
  • studies species and ecosystems that may prove amenable to restoration efforts, and the viability of restoration strategies
  • contributes to workforce development by serving as an aquaculture education resource

Partnership is a primary avenue of innovation, and our research collaborators have included government agencies working to diversify and fortify the agriculture industry, or to protect and restore ecosystems; private-sector companies seeking to improve their production methods and non-profit organizations with advocacy positions that align with our research, education, and community outreach goals.

We are located on Harbor Branch’s 30-acre Aquaculture Development Park. The facilities use environmentally friendly freshwater and saltwater recirculation technology to supply and treat the water to our hatcheries, nurseries, grow-out areas, biosecure buildings, laboratories and classrooms. 

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Last Modified 3/9/16