Workforce Training & Education for Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Great Lakes Aquaculture
Other collaborators include UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and UW-Extension.This project is funded by and in collaboration with University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.
region aquaculture represents an array of production systems with flow-through,
pond, and recirculating aquaculture systems. Many multi-production farms exist that utilize a
combination of these systems and others use innovative hybrid systems in an
attempt to increase production and decrease production time.
the aquaculture industry continues to expand, growth of the Great Lakes
region’s aquaculture industry has slowed. Many new and existing fish farmers
cite a need for technical training and dissemination of current production
knowledge, especially in the area of sustainable recirculating systems and
associated business operations.
for this project is to increase aquaculture workforce education and training
opportunities and to provide skilled workers for a continuously developing
Specific objectives are to: 1) develop a series of nine,
three to five-day teaching modules based on topics the Great Lakes aquaculture
industry has identified as deficient in current education offerings, and 2)
deliver these teaching modules through a 3-tiered system of progressive
advancement using online lectures and in-person workshops for direct technology
The teaching modules include: Tier 1 - business plan,
permitting and regulations, and marketing; Tier 2 – nutrition, fish health, and
pond culture; Tier 3 – recirculating aquaculture systems, principles of
biofiltration, and aquaponics.
Teaching Modules & Educational Tools Completed: