Welcome to UMass Extension Aquaculture Program
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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.
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.
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.
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.