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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


New Publication
Published in Aquaculture Research by UWSP NADF and partners at the Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute and others on utlizing hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid to help control fish loss due to opportunistic pathogens at the fry stage.
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New Staff, Internship Opportunity, Recirculating Aquaculture Salmon Website Live, Recent publication and more...
Recirculaing Aquaculture Salmon- Network
As a national collaborative effort to build sustainable production of Atlantic salmon aquaculture in land based systems, partners have recently created a website for various audiences, check it out.
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Wisconsin company, Superior Fresh's President, Brandon Gottsacker and UWSP NADF Director, Chris Hartleb share the sustainability and local aspects of aquaculture and aquaponics as well as answering questions from the audience.

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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. 

NADF is a one-of-a-kind facility in the midwest and joins only a handful in the U.S. The state-of the-art, dynamic facility, showcases 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.  

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An Incubator for Public/Private Partnerships...

Demonstration, assistance and research conducted at the facility is used by Wisconsin firms to expand their businesses. Examples of public/private partnerships include:

PartnereRiverence, LLC Logo.jpgd with Superior Fresh, LLC ., 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 aquaponics facility 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. in Washington, 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 reared a mature broodstock of a specific strain known as the Cascades, which has shown great potential for aquaculture. The fish will 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.



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 environmentally responsible and sustainable for the future of aquaculture. 

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