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 economically feasible and environmentally sustainable methods to grow finfish, shellfish and algae for food and stock enhancement
- 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
We are located on Harbor Branch’s 30-acre Aquaculture Development Park. The facilities use freshwater and saltwater recirculation technology to supply and treat the water to our hatcheries, nurseries, grow-out areas, biosecure buildings, laboratories and classrooms. Our scientists collaborate with academic, government, private sector and research institutions to expand aquaculture in Florida, the U.S. and the Caribbean.