Aquaculture provides over 50% of global seafood production.
The U.S. imports over 90% of edible seafood each year.
The U.S. is the largest market for Atlantic salmon worldwide yet we import 98% of Atlantic salmon.

The Freshwater Institute, a program of The Conservation Fund, focuses on the sustainability of the domestic seafood supply by providing solutions to enable the growth of environmentally-responsible aquaculture. Presently, demand for seafood can no longer be met by wild catch fisheries, leaving the increased demand to be supplied by aquaculture. Conventional aquaculture production of seafood cannot be significantly expanded without causing negative impacts on the environment. The Institute’s core competencies in aquaculture research, engineering and consulting, aquatic veterinary medicine, aquaculture husbandry and production, industry outreach, and water chemistry analysis are mobilized to address the current sustainability issues in the aquaculture industry.

Watch this video to find out more about the Freshwater Institute and how we are working towards a sustainable, local way to farm healthy fish that’s good for people, our economy and the environment.


Improving Feeds for Land-based Salmon Farming

Fueled by increased global demand for salmon and the opportunity to help salmon farmers accelerate d...

Supporting the Growth of Land-based Atlantic Salmon Production

The Freshwater Institute recently completed a research project in collaboration with the University ...

Supporting the Viability and Expansion of Land-Based Aquaculture

A five-year plan to support the research and sustainable growth of land-based, closed-containment fi...

USFWS Hatchery Modernization Project

The goal of this project was to assess five different national fish hatcheries across the United Sta...

Researching and Restoring West Virginia’s Declining Brook Trout Population

A collaboration between the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and The Conservation Fund’s ...

Get to Know the Freshwater Institute’s West Virginia-Raised Salmon

Our Atlantic salmon is raised at The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute facility in Shepherdst...

What is Land-based RAS?

How Do We Do It?

Who is Doing It at TCF?