UMass Extension Aquaculture program

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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.

In 2013, a group of Ugandan entrepreneurship students with an interest in aquaculture visited regionally relevant sites in their own country with Dr. James Webb. Students had an opportunity to visit fisheries landing sites and talk to fisherman whose lives have changed on account of depleted wild stocks. They also visited farms from smallholder to commercial size, the National Aquaculture Center at Kajansi, Uganda’s only aquarium retail shop, a fish processing and export center, and the Bujugali dam site.

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.

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.