Operational funding for NADF is derived from tribal gaming revenue, not Wisconsin taxpayers. Grant and private funding is used to conduct individual research projects.

Funded Projects


The UW-Stevens Point aquaculture program and NADF has been awarded over $4 million in federal and private grant funds to support and advance Wisconsin Aqua-business (Aquaculture and Aquaponics). These projects involve scientific and technological entrepreneurship that impacts education, applied research, commercialization, new venture creation and regional economic development. Throughout the year, our projects also include tours and technical assistance as well as technical presentations.

UWSP Aquaculture Program and NADF Highlights:

  • Obtained $390,000 in federal funding to establish the UW-Extension Aquaculture Outreach Program and was awarded $903,000 in federal and state funding to continue this vital industry Outreach and Extension service. These programs have:
    • Created >45 aquaculture jobs in WI.
    • Helped save >450 jobs in WI
    • Had >8,000 contacts with fish farmers.
    • >350,000 indirect contacts with farmers, investors and new businesses
    • Provided >150 presentations to K-12, college, and community organizations.
    • Helped establish the 2012 WI Aquaculture Bill
    • Provided technical assistance and fish to Hayward Bait of Hayward, Wis., and Northside Enterprises of Black Creek, Wis., to help meet their goals of the Governor's 2014 Wisconsin Walleye Initiative that received over $260,000 in funding to support the state's $2.75 billion sport fishing industry.
  • Received a $677,500 Economic Development Incentive Grant to advance aquaculture and aquaponic industries in Wisconsin as well as create the nations first Aquaponics Innovation Center.
  • Received a $50,000 Regent Scholar Grant and Award from the UW Board of Regents for collaborative project initiatives with Wisconsin business and industry. The award is recognition at the highest level for work done by dedicated and talented faculty to prepare a high-quality workforce for the 21st-century economy and ultimately to accelerate business and community development statewide.
  • Received a $225,000 grant from the federal Sea Grant College Program to develop workforce education and training for environmentally and economicaly sustainable Great Lakes aquaculture.

Project List

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Impact of Starter Microdiets for Raising Saugeye Fry for Great Lakes Aquaculture




Aquaculture/Aquaponics Boot Camp Phase II


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Optimizing Walleye Stocking Density and Nutrient Recycling in Traditional and Integrated Aquaculture Systems





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Sub-Lethal Effects of Sea Lamprey Parasitism on Lake Trout





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Workforce Training & Education for Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Great Lakes Aquaculture


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Effects of Aquaculture Drugs on Nitrogen Oxidation of Biofilters of RAS


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Partial Recirculating Aquaculture System 


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Walleye for Food & Stocking-Small Business Innovative Research Partnership and Advance Matching Grant



Depth Selection in Lake Trout Morphotypes



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Research on Morphotypic Diversity of Lake Superior Lake Trout



Temperature Manipulation on Arctic Char Performance 




WI Walleye Initiative Cooperative Projects




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Develop Systems & Diet Strategies to Reduce Yellow Perch Larval Mortality


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Production and Economic Evaluations of New Technologies for Raising Yellow perch Fingerlings 



Development of Lake Herring Propagation Techniques





Aquaculture & Aquaponic Economic Development and Innovation



GIS-based Analysis of Sustainable Domestic Aquaculture Development in Wisconsin 


Local School Aquaculture and Aquaponics