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$21 million
Economic activity generated by the Wisconsin aquaculture industry
Number of registered fish farms in Wisconsin supported by NADF
Wisconsin Aquaculture jobs created and retained with help from NADF
$3.3 million
Grants awarded to NADF by collaborators for specific research from 2006-2015


UWSP NADF Newsletter Winter 2020
Check out recent UWSP NADF Newsletter, highlighting various research, education and outreach projects including the first ever collaborative network to build capacity of land-based Atlantic salmon production in the U.S.
Building Sustainable Aquaculture
UWSP NADF hosts nationally recognized workshop to help build capacity of sustainable land based salmon aquaculture in the U.S. as part of a project funded by NOAA Sea Grant...
Video Series on Intensive Culture
UWSP NADF is sharing techniques and managment practices in raising walleye intensively from egg to market size. These short videos are based on past research and success at rasing walleye for nearly 10 years at UWSP NADF...
Aquaculture Magazine
UWSP NADF made the cover issue of Aquaculture Magazine, which highlights the facility's research, history, missions and future direction...

 Driving Wisconsin's Aquaculture & Aquaponics Industry Forward Through Innovation and Business Development

Importance of Aquaculture

Aquaculture, or the culture of aquatic organisms, is currently the fastest growing segment of food production globally and now supports over 50% of the global demand for seafood. With the world’s population increasing and the high demand for seafood, aquaculture is working to meet the demand with wild caught fisheries. UW-Stevens Point is leading the Midwest for research and development of sustainable aquaculture which is protecting and preserving wild fish populations and providing safe, healthy seafood for a growing world.



The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility is the university's northern most campus located in Bayfield, Wis. 

The facility's mission is to promote public education and advance the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge for sustainable aquaculture in a northern climate.  This is accomplished by:

  • Demonstrating production-scale aquaculture.
  • Conducting applied research.
  • Providing outreach and extension services.
  • Providing training, workshops and educational opportunities.
  • Building and strengthening cooperative relationships among commercial aquaculturists, tribal, state and federal agencies.
  • Working with fish growers on fish health issues, assessments, training and permitting.
  • Developing best management practices for a sustainable and environmental industry.

Operational funding for NADF comes from tribal gaming revenue, not Wisconsin taxpayers. Grants and private funding are used to conduct individual research projects.


An Incubator for Public/Private Partnerships

Demonstration, assistance and research conducted at the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility is used by Wisconsin firms to expand their businesses. Recent examples of NADF public/private partnerships include:

PartnereRiverence, LLC Logo.jpgd with Superior Fresh, LL., Hixton, Wis., to advance the company's sustainable production of Atlantic salmon reared in recirculating aquaculture systems. Superior Fresh, LLC is the world's largest Atlantic salmon aquaponics system and has partnered with UWSP NADF for technical assistance, demonstration and cold water species expertise to advance their facility and operations. UWSP is also partnering to provide interns, technicians and further support staff.  


Riverence, LLC Logo.jpgPartnered with Riverence, LLC. from Washington state to advance land based, sustainable production of Atlantic salmon as a food fish species in water recirculating systems worldwide. Working cooperatively with Riverence, UWSP NADF is rearing a mature broodstock of a specific strain known as the Cascades, which has shown great potential for aquaculture. The fish housed at UWSP NADF are being reared to provide a future supply of eggs to fuel the demand for sustainable, land based, farm reared Atlantic salmon in Wisconsin and around the world.


RWLogo.jpgPartnered with Rushing Waters Fisheries, LLC., Palmyra, Wis., to demonstrate and incorporate water reuse aquaculture systems and technology. Rushing Waters is the largest rainbow trout producer in the state and has been in operation since the 1940's.


Northside Enterprises.jpgPartnered with Northside Enterprises, LLC., Black Creek Wis., in developing a commercial market for walleye and has helped secure two USDA-Small Business Innovative Research grants totaling $460,000. A $75,000 Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. SBIR Advance grant was received to expand the Wisconsin walleye food fish markets.

Provided technical assistance to Hayward Bait in Hayward, Wis., and Northside Enterprises, LLC., Black Creek, Wis., to help meet goals of the 2014 Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, which received over $260,000 to support the state's $2.75 billion sport fishing industry. UWSP NADF provided technical assistance, demonstration and/or resources to 6 of the 8 farmers that were involved in the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative.

A One-Of-A-Kind Facility in the Midwest


The UW-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility is a state-of the-art, dynamic facility, showcasing new advances in aquaculture system technology such as sustainable land based recirculating aquaculture, while also providing traditional aquaculture systems such as flow through raceways and outdoor ponds for industry based research projects. A variety of aquaculture production systems and water sources provide the capability of raising various cool and coldwater fish species important to the industry, such as rainbow trout, brook trout, Atlantic salmon, arctic char, lake trout, lake herring, walleye, saugeye, lake sturgeon, yellow perch, baitfish and others.

Learn more about the facility...


Become Part Of The Recirculating Aquaculture Movement


The UW-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility is recognized as an international leader in recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology. This technology operates with significantly less water than a traditional flow-through facility. Demonstration projects at the facility show how RAS technology is more environmentally responsible and sustainable for the future of aquaculture. 

Learn about our current projects...