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Our vision for the UWSP-Northern Aquaculuture Demonstration Facility is a center that shall be recognized for promoting sustainable aquaculture among the public, private and tribal sectors through technology transfer, applied research, demonstration and outreach.

Wisconsin's highly diversified aquaculture industry has over 2,300 registered commercial fish farms, 14 state hatcheries, 2 federal hatcheries and all the resources needed to accommodate significant expansion. This facility will serve as an incubator for new aquaculture practices; providing students and faculty resources for the development of life-long learning.

Our facility is monitored by qualified staff (picture at right) seven days a week and on call 24/7. From Left to Right; Emma Wiermaa, Jesse Andrews, Lance Bresette, Greg Fischer, Kendall Holmes, and Nicole Larson. Not present: Chris Hartleb, Lisa Yowlitz and Sam Hemple.

The facility is designed with high-tech aquaculture production systems and equipment to allow a wide range of applied research and demonstration to be carried out. An 8,500 ft2 Aquatic production barn contains:

  • Three 10,000 - 12,000 gallon recirculation aquaculture systems

  • Free flow tanks

  • Cold, cool and warm water systems

  • Bell jar and Heath tray incubation systems

  • An analytical water testing lab


This facility also contains: 

  • Four 1/2 acre ponds with a fish collection basin and two settling basins

  • Two 60 ft linear outdoor raceways

  • A head-tank building with degassing and heat exchanger systems

  • Two high capacity wells providing up to 1,600 gpm of cold (46°F), clean water