Sustainable Aquaculture Projects, Research, Education and Technology Advancements
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Winter Newsletter 2020 


UWSP NADF hosted first of its kind workshop, bringing in experts from across the nation to discuss current status, barriers and research needs to raise Atlantic salmon in land based water reuse systems. The workshop was held in Wisconsin and included various presentations from industry, such as Steve Summerfelt from Superior Fresh, LLC. shown at right, as well as researchers, educators, and extension specialists. These experts traveled from Washington, Wisconsin, Maine, Maryland, West Virginia, and even Norway. 
This workshop is part of a national collaborative project, awarded to UWSP NADF and partners- "Building Capacity of Land Based Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture in the U.S"  federally funded by the National Sea Grant college program. The main outcome of this national, public/private collaborative program will be the development of a consensus road map/strategic plan and demonstration projects that will help policymakers, federal agencies and industry identify and responsibly allocate resources to promote an economically feasible and environmentally sustainable land-based US Atlantic salmon industry.
This project has enabled the development of the Recirculating Aquaculture Salmon Network (RAS-N), which is a strong collaboration of industry, research and extension partners that play a major role in the current development and capacity of the land-based salmon industry.  Over the course of the three year project, the RAS-N mission will be to; gather stakeholder guidance through a variety of workshops, surveys and personal communication, develop a whitepaper with input from all relevant stakeholders, develop demonstration projects, and implement targeted extension. Stay tuned as this project progresses... 

Project Collaborators - 
Sea Grant:

Maryland Sea Grant, Maryland Sea Grant Extension, Maine Sea Grant, Maine Sea Grant Extension, Wisconsin Sea Grant

Mid Atlantic Region:
University of Maryland Baltimore County, Department of Marine Biotechnology, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute, Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory, Morgan State University

Great Lakes Region: 
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility

Northeast Region:
University of Maine Aquatic Research Institute & Coop. Extension, USDA-National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center

Industry Partners:
Superior Fresh in Wisconsin, Riverence  in Washington, Whole Oceans in Maine, American Salmon in Maryland,
Kennebec River Biosciences in Maine. 

The National Sea Grant College Program has released $16 million in federal funding awards supporting 42 research and collaborative programs. UWSP NADF is involved in three of these projects including "Building Capacity of Land Based Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture in the U.S.", mentioned above as well as:

The Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative (GLAC), bringing together 8 Great Lakes states and representatives to establish a leadership team and industry advisory groups. The GLAC will develop resource sharing initiatives, identify needs, challenges, and opportunities of the industry to support sustainable aquaculture in this region. Stay tuned as this project develops, updates will be provided at WI Aquaculture Conference, 2020. 
Nanobubble Oxygenation of RAS to Increase Fish Production will be researched at UWSP NADF through 6 replicated recirculating aquaculture systems with varying oxygen delivery systems including nanobubble technology. Nanobubbles are miniature gas bubbles that have been shown to have unique benefits including; physiological benefits for fish as well as improving the efficiency of recirculating water treatment and biofiltration.



UWSP NADF has created a walleye video manual, a series of instructional videos on intensive culture. The videos incorporate nearly 10 years of UWSP NADF walleye expertise, sharing the techniques, systems and management practices to raise walleye and it's hybrid, saugeye intensively. The videos will eventually be accompanied a rearing manual document that will share further information. All videos are available on UWSP NADF website HERE...
Over the last few weeks, over 90 students in the local area were able to learn fish anatomy with the help of UWSP NADF. Each student had the opportunity to perform fish dissections to learn about fish health, internal and external anatomy as well as aquaculture career opportunities. UWSP NADF also provides technical assistance, classroom visits, and facility tours to educate students and teachers on aquaculture throughout the school year. 

KENOSHA NEWS highlights UWSP NADF in two recent articles. In "Students learn fish passion" , writer Jason Maloney interviews Aquaculture Outreach Specialist, Emma Wiermaa, gaining a perspective of student and teacher interest in the STEM potential of aquaculture in the classroom and the important career opportunities that await students with this passion...
Maloney also highlights the UWSP NADF in his additional article "Aquaculture adds new meaning to 'barn'" where he interviews Assistant Director, Greg Fischer to learn more about what aquaculture means in Wisconsin and the current species of interest.

VIDEO SHOWCASES WI WORKSHOP  created by Maryland Sea Grant, this short video highlights the recent Wisconsin workshop, hosted by UWSP NADF to bring in stakeholders from across the nation to help build capacity of sustainable Atlantic salmon production. The team involved in this endeavor is known as the Recirculating Aquaculture Salmon- Network (RAS-N). Learn more about it in the VIDEO or ARTICLE by Wisconsin Sea Grant. 
Aquaculture Events  
  • Wisconsin Aquaculture Conference:  March 5-7th, 2020 in Marshfield, WI. The 25th annual conference will be held at Hotel Marshfield. This year's agenda includes a pre-conference yellow perch workshop on Thursday, and various topics on Friday and Saturday including; permitting and regulations, consumer perceptions and marketing, research projects and updates, fish health and biosecurity, feeds, nutrition, and more. See the agenda or register...
  • Aquaculture Innovation Workshop: April 30-May 1st, 2020 in New York, NY. This annual workshop is dedicated to the presentation of the latest developments in sustainable aquaculture. Leading representatives from all parts of the aquaculture seafood value chain attend the AIW, including investors, feed suppliers, producers, processors, retailers, chefs, and consumers. Learn more...
  • Aquaculture Europe: Sept. 29- Oct. 2, 2020 in Cork, Ireland. This conference will bring together stakeholders from many diverse disciplines to discuss and debate cross cutting issues such as new circular economies, life-long health and environmentally sustainable production. See flier...


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