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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- Located on Picos Road in Fort Pierce
- 26.5 acres
- 4 grow-out ponds
- Retension pond
- 7,200 square-foot Hatchery Building
- Water Treatment
- 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
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
- 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.
- The IRREC Aquaculture Demonstration Project is equipped with two large emergency electrical generators to ensure the entire facility functions during power failures.