Welcome to UMass Extension Aquaculture Program
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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 an applied science. It is important for universities to maintain collaborative working agreements with the industries they serve. UMass aquaculture is active within the State’s small but growing commercial aquaculture sector. An area of particular interest concerns the role Massachusetts could play as a technology and education hub for global aquaculture.
Although Uganda was once a center of wild fisheries export, things have changed and the country's wild fisheries are nearly deplete. However, with some of the largest tropical freshwater resources in the world, an excellent climate for agriculture, and native fish species amenable to farming like the tilapia, Uganda has enormous potential for aquaculture. A major bottleneck to enhancing the local aquaculture industry is education. UMass aquaculture is contributing to Ugandan aquaculture through the development of regionally relevant educational programs and technologies.
NRC597SA is a senior level online course offered online through the Sustainable Food and Farming program and the Continuing and Professional Education program at UMass. The course explores concepts in sustainable aquaculture such as species and system selection in a manner accepting the limitations placed on small-scale fish producers in Massachusetts and New England. In line with these limitations, the course focuses heavily on land-based recirculating aquaculture systems and their potential for use within the region's aquaculture industry.