UW-Stevens Point is Driving Wisconsin's Aquaculture & Aquaponics Industry Forward Through Innovation and Business Development
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 UWSP NADF
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
- Demonstrating production-scale aquaculture.
- Conducting applied research.
- Providing outreach and extension services.
- Providing training, workshops and educational
- 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:
Partnered with Superior Fresh, LLC ., Hixton, Wis., to advance the company's sustainable production of Atlantic
salmon reared in recirculating aquaculture systems. Superior Fresh, LLC will be the largest aquaponics system of its kind in the world 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.
Partnered 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.
Established, through a partnership with Nelson & Pade, Inc., Montello, Wis., the nation's first Aquaponics Innovation Center,
an aquaculture minor, aquaponics courses leading to a college
certificate and the International Aquaponics Society. Combined these
efforts bring more than 250 people to Wisconsin annually for job
training and business commercialization.
Partnered 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.
Partnered and assisted AquaTerra Farms, LLC., Bristol, Wis., in developing water recirculating aquaculture production
systems and technologies to assist in the commercial production of Arctic Char markets that serve Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago and other Midwest markets.
Partnered 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.
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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.
Through a partnership with aquaponics industry leader, Nelson and Pade, Inc., of Montello, Wisconsin, NADF and UW-Stevens Point have established the nation's first Aquaponics Innovation Center, college aquaponics courses, and the International Aquaponics Society, which brings more than 250 people to Wisconsin for job training and business development.
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