Aquaculture, or the culture of aquatic organisms, is currently the fastest growing segment of food production globally and now supports over 50% of seafood consumed. With the world’s population increasing and the high demand for seafood, aquaculture is working to meet this demand with wild caught fisheries.
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (UWSP NADF) is the university’s northern most campus located in Bayfield, Wisconsin. The University’s College of Letters and Science directs the facility in collaboration with various partners based on projects and program goals.
Our mission for the UWSP-Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility is to promote public education and advance the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge for sustainable aquaculture in a northern climate.
Our vision for the facility is a center that shall be recognized for promoting sustainable aquaculture among the public, private and tribal sectors through technology transfer, applied research, demonstration, and outreach.
Wisconsin’s has over 2,000 registered commercial fish farms, 14 state hatcheries, 2 federal hatcheries and all the resources needed to accommodate significant expansion. The facility serves as an incubator for new aquaculture practices, providing students and faculty resources for the development of life-long learning.
The facility operates a variety of semi-commercially scaled systems including incubation, larval and grow-out systems with tanks ranging in size from 260L to over 11,000L.
The facility’s main 790m2 (8,500 ft2) aquatic production barn contains adaptable, open work areas with access to both cold and heated water, aeration, and oxygen support.
The University’s College of Letters and Sciences directs the facility along with various partnerships based on projects and program goals. Our partnerships include federal, tribal, and state fish hatcheries, natural resource agencies, private fish farms, various universities, Wisconsin public schools (K-12) and others. These partnerships may involve technology transfer, providing fish and assistance, outreach and demonstration, education, and research.
The facility has a wide range of partnerships from private, federal, state and tribal hatcheries and facilities to various schools, universities and other organizations. Some of these partnerships are highlighted here.
“The NADF provides a range of invaluable and unique services for Wisconsin and the Midwest…Presently, we are working cooperatively with at least three stakeholders that rely heavily on the NADF facilities for research and support.”
The Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative will provide reimbursement funds for students, current or potential producers and speakers from historically excluded or underrepresented groups to attend and/or present at state or regional aquaculture events.
UW-Stevens Point has partnered with world’s largest aquaponics facility, Superior Fresh, to offer a PAID 6-month apprenticeship to gain hands on experience and skills to raise Atlantic salmon in land based, water reuse systems. DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH SUMMER 2023, APPLY NOW!
Aqua Garden, a walleye aquaponics facility in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, has partnered with UWSP Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility to offer a PAID apprenticeship opportunity for an individual that is passionate about local food production and aquaculture. Aqua Garden aims to be the first commercial, land-based, walleye farm in the US. Additional training will be provided at UWSP NADF as part of this apprenticeship.
Newest project film from UWSP NADF showcasing research investigating best larval diets for hybrid walleye, also known as the saugeye.
2023 NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL AQUACULTURE CONFERENCE was held in February 2023 at the Lismore Hotel in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. With 17 sessions and more than 50 presentations, the conference is regarded as the premier research and industry event for aquaculture in the Midwest.