University of Florida Indian River Research
and Education Center
Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Facility
Fort Pierce, FL.
The mission of the IRREC aquaculture program
is to conduct research relevant to the aquaculture industry in
Florida and the southeastern United States and to interpret the
results and to provide information to current and potential aquaculture
producers. Additionally, education of students, graduate students,
and post-docs is a crucial part of the mission.
The IRREC Aquaculture Research and Demonstration
Facility and the associated programs were developed by Dr. Cortney
Ohs. He is a faculty member at Indian River Research and Education
Center and in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation
Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. He led efforts to design
and develop the 26.5 acre site which consists of four 0.25 acre
lined ponds, a new greenhouse, a new hatchery building, and a
large water treatment system.
Dr. Ohs leads the research and extension programs
to identify aquatic organisms with aquaculture potential, to conduct
research to define how to commercially produce them, and to improve
production methods of organisms currently cultured by increasing
efficiency and profit potential. Specifically, the research objectives
fall into four categories
- Defining culture methods for various marine ornamental fish species including broodstock reproduction and defining optimal culture parameters and feeding regimes for all stages of development to produce market sized fish;
- Evaluating the aquaculture potential of various species of marine fish demanded for bait;
- Evaluating the production of marine copepods and other live feeds for larval marine fish; and,
- Evaluating broodstock nutrition and reproduction of multiple marine and freshwater fishes.