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UMass Aquaculture in collaboration with Researchers from the Building Construction and Technology program have been exploring concepts in Building integrated aquaculture (BIAq). BIAq involves taking advantage of the interdependencies between small-scale indoor recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) and the built environment to maximize energy efficiency and optimize operations. In a BIAq approach, gained efficiencies have the potential to offset the energy intensity of recirculating aquaculture and ultimately make local-scale aquaculture more viable.

Aquaculture is rapidly developing throughout the world. Although progress has been slow in some areas, aquaculture is now an apparent part of modern food production systems. To support the growth of aquaculture in underserved areas the Fish-for-All (FFA) concept was developed. The concept relies on an innovative and appropriate recirculating aquaculture system, coupled with plans for deployment, dissemination, and technology transfer.

Advances in the hydraulics and software systems were made on RASTA (Recirculating Aquaculture System Technology Assessment), an innovative platform for assessing the efficiency of aquaculture system operation known as RASTA (Recirculating Aquaculture System Technology Assessment). RASTA combines the results of a questionnaire, site survey, and monitoring platform assessment to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the ecological and economic sustainability of aquaculture production.

Media plays an enormous role in today’s society. It has played an immense role in shaping people’s perceptions of aquaculture. Students in NRC597SA learn about the power of media by addressing a specific need within aquaculture – the development of instructional video content for small-scale practitioners. A plethora of high quality instructional content already exists in the form of technical manuals produced by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.