Freshwater InstituteFreshwater Institute
October 31, 2018
Media Statement by Brian Vinci, Director, Freshwater Institute

“The Freshwater Institute would like to congratulate Wisconsin Sea Grant on receiving funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program to examine and overcome three critical barriers to the growth of land-based Atlantic salmon production using recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology in the Great Lakes region. The findings from this study will help ensure the best standard operating procedures for quality and efficiency and will be available to all commercial producers of salmon harvested from RAS.

“Land-based closed containment operations using RAS technology offer an economically viable, sustainable, and local means of aquaculture production. The Freshwater Institute is proud to partner on this work and to contribute scientific research and development to support the growing land-based aquaculture sector and facilitate domestic agricultural economic contribution, job growth, and food security.”

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For nearly three decades, The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute has been one of the nation’s premier research and development facilities dedicated to sustainable water use and reuse, specializing in aquaculture systems technology. Through our numerous publications, both in science and industry, we share our progress and research findings in order to support our complimentary goals of environmental sustainability, human health and economic vitality.