Welcome to UMass Extension Aquaculture Program
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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.
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.
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.
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.