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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

  1. 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;
  2. Evaluating the aquaculture potential of various species of marine fish demanded for bait;
  3. Evaluating the production of marine copepods and other live feeds for larval marine fish; and,
  4. Evaluating broodstock nutrition and reproduction of multiple marine and freshwater fishes.
Site maintained by Dr.Cortney Ohs, Ph.D.

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