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

This project is funded by and in collaboration with University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. Other collaborators include UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and UW-Extension.

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Great Lakes 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. 

While nationally 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. 

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The goal for this project is to increase aquaculture workforce education and training opportunities and to provide skilled workers for a continuously developing aquaculture industry. 

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 transfer. 

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.


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