Research and Technology

Sustainable Aquaculture

  • Recirculating mariculture systems
  • Sustainable nutrition
  • Molecular studies of reproduction and growth
  • Population genetics of fish and finfish, including key Chesapeake Bay species
  • Diseases in Chesapeake Bay fish, finfish, shellfish, and crustaceans

IMET's aquaculture and fisheries biotechnology program takes molecular approaches to study reproduction, genetics, early development, nutrition, growth and disease in selected marine and estuarine high-value finfish and shellfish. This research is applied to the development of novel strategies to improve yields and sustainability of Maryland, U.S. and global marine aquaculture and fisheries. By integrating aquaculture, microbial and engineering expertise, IMET scientists are developing the next generation of sustainable marine aquaculture technology. IMET has strong programs in the endocrine and molecular regulation of finfish reproduction, leading to development of novel and generic technologies to fully control spawning and seed production in commercially important farmed fish. These technologies are now applied in broodstock management programs and commercial hatcheries world-wide. IMET scientists have broad expertise in diseases affecting marine organisms and are developing interventions (vaccines, drugs) aimed at improving the health of wild and aquacultured animals.

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