UMass Extension Aquaculture program

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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.

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.

NRC597SA is a senior level course exploring aquaculture's recent rise, successes and failures within the sector, and what is and can be done to ensure fish production becomes a sustainable part of 21st century food production. The course is geared towards students in fisheries, environmental, policy, and agricultural disciplines desiring an overarching perspective on global aquaculture development.

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.