Sustainable Aquaculture Projects, Research, Education and Technology Advancements
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Leading in Aquaculture and Aquaponics Education


Through a partnership, UW-Stevens Point College of Letters and Science and Nelson & Pade, Inc. have constructed the nation’s first Aquaponics Innovation Center (AIC). The AIC is the first-of-its-kind applied research and education center located in Montello, WI. The facility has replicate aquaponics production units capable of raft (deep water), media, and NFT production. Additional resources include water chemistry and microbiology analyses, purge and quarantine systems, plant physiology and insect measuring systems, and light manipulation and analysis, along with adaptable production units.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point now offers applied research facilities in both Aquaculture, at the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility, and now Aquaponics with the AIC. Both facility's provide a world-class education with hands-on training and experience that leads to high employment rate and success to support the exponentially growing  aqua-business industries.


Aquaponics Innovation Center provides replication systems for applied research

These six replication systems will provide for applied research on various aquaponic plant and fish species to advance the aqua- industry. Presently, each system contains production fish tanks, raft beds and a lab area for data recording and analysis such as.water quality, photosynthesis rate,  and sampling. The systems may be modified for specific research projects and will be available to students and workshops provided by UW-Stevens Point and Nelson and Pade, Inc. For more information regarding educational aquaponic opportunities or to learn more about the AIC, visit the UWSP Aquaponics webpage.
2015 Yellow Perch Intensive Rearing Larval Project
 Hopes to answer the questions related to issues seen in larval stage 

Over the past 30 years, yellow perch aquaculture has shown tremendous interest in the Midwest due to high market demand, decline of wild populations and concern over micro-contaminate levels in the Great Lakes. Since the 1980's many commercial ventures have attempted to use recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) technology for yellow perch production but most of these attempts eventually failed. One reason was poor survival from newly hatched fry to a stage where they are completely feed- trained on commercially available diets. Specific problems seen in these early-life stages are poor feed acceptance, slow growth, non-inflation of the swim bladder and cannibalism.

UWSP-Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility hopes to answer the questions for yellow perch production by conducting studies to address physical and behavioral issues seen in fry...
Read more on this project in the Hatchery International.

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