IRREC Aquaculture Demonstration Project Facilities

F‌ollowing are images and information about the facilities at the UF/IFAS IRREC Aquaculture Demonstration Project. 

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Facility 
  • Located on Picos Road in Fort Pierce 
  • 26.5 acres 
  • 4 grow-out ponds 
  • Retension pond
  • 7,200 square-foot Hatchery Building
  • Greenhouse
  • Water Treatment 
  • Generators 

Aerial View
  • Early image of site in 2005
  • Shrimp was first commodity for research 

Aerial View
  • Faces Picos Road to the east 
  • Serves statewide aquacultural interests 

Tanks 

In addition to the following tanks, there are three identical recirculating aquaculture systems consisting of eight 110 gallon fiberglass tanks. Each system is equipped with a bead filter, protein skimmer, and ultraviolet sterilizer. 

2-Foot Systems Tanks
  • These tanks are positioned inside of a greenhouse 

2-Foot System Filters
  • The system filters are inside of a greenhouse 

5-Foot System Tanks
  • Additionally, there are three identical recirculating aquaculture systems consisting of eight 110 gallon fiberglass tanks. Each system is equipped with a bead filter, protein skimmer, and an ultraviolet sterilizer. 

Brood Tanks
  • The Hatchery Building also contains six 6,000 gallon fiberglass tanks for broodstock which are equipped with biofilters, protein skimmers, and UV sterilizers. 

Covered Tanks
  • Eight 530 gallon fiberglass tanks each have cone-shaped fiberglass covers, individual biofilters, protein skimmers, and UV sterilizers. The covered tanks are used to regulate temperature and light cycles of fish to control spawning cycles. 

Copepod Tanks
  • 600 square feet of floor space inside the Hatchery Building is dedicated to tanks and equipment used for culture of copepods and rotifers. 

Ponds: Four ponds are available for growing marine species out to size at the site

Pond 1
  • Pond 1 is nearest the greenhouse and Hatchery Building 

Pond 2
  • Paddles are used to circulate water and sustain oxygen

Pond Tanks
  • Pond tanks alongside Ponds 1 and 2 hold species 

Greenhouse: marine species are protected inside the greenhouse structure 

IRREC Aquaculture Demonstration Project Greenhouse
  • The 3,200 square foot greenhouse contains 11 recirculating aquaculture systems with over 91 individual tanks of various sizes.
  • The total water volume of the systems in the greenhouse is over 20,000 gallons. 

Aquaria Greenhouse
  • Three identical recirculating or flow-through systems are inside the aquaria greenhouse. 
  • Each system consists of 12-aquaria (30 gallon) and each system is equipped with a bead filter, protein skimmer, and ultraviolet sterilizer. 

Greenhouse Tanks
  • Tanks are various sizes. 
  • Water circulates continuously.  

Hatchery Building: houses a number of tanks, a larval nursery and algae room 

Hatchery
  • The Hatchery is inside a 7,200 square foot insulated metal building.

Hatchery Building
  • Inside are a laboratory, office, larval culture room, an algae culture room, live feed area, and a number of culture tanks and systems of various sizes. 

Aquaria Hatchery
  • Fish larvae are spawned in tanks. 

Larval Systems
  • Fish larvae are produced in smaller tanks.

Walk-In Cooler
  • Algae is produced inside the walk-in cooler. 

Algae Room
  • Algae is produced to feed copepods.

Water Treatment: Water from the Atlantic Ocean is transported to the site and treated for use throughout the project

Water Treatment
  • The water treatment area consists of two open top 6,000 gallon tanks.
  • Inside the tanks, water is sterilized before storage in one of four 6,000 gallon fiberglass silo tanks. 
  • The entire IRREC Aquaculture Demonstration Project facility is serviced by sterilized fresh, low-salinity, and full-strength salinity water. 
  • Water can be mixed to any salinity in these tanks. 
  • The water from the treatment area is pumped to the greenhouse and Hatchery Building with a series of pumps and underground pipes. 

Water Truck
  • A semi trailer with two tanks carries 6,000 gallons of water.
  • The truck transports full-strength salinity water from the Atlantic Ocean. 

Generators
  • The IRREC Aquaculture Demonstration Project is equipped with two large emergency electrical generators to ensure the entire facility functions during power failures. 

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