Research ProgramsRecirculating Marine Aquaculture
Aquaculture and Fisheries Biotechnology
The DMB’s aquaculture and fisheries biotechnology program takes molecular and cellular approaches to basic studies of 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 and generic strategies to improve yields, performances, sustainability and competence of Maryland, U.S. and global marine aquaculture and fisheries. By integrating aquaculture, microbial and engineering expertise, DMB scientists are developing the next generation of marine aquaculture technology that is recirculating, land based, contained and fully compatible with the marine and coastal environments. Addressing the global energy crisis, DMB scientists are also studying marine microalgae as a source for renewable biofuels.
Read more about the need for Aquaculture and Fisheries Biotechnology.
DMB faculty and colleagues at IMET have done groundbreaking work developing a Recirculating Aquaculture System that is contained, biosecure and free of contaminants. Read more about the system.
For information on DMB aquaculture programs, please contact Dr. Yonathan Zohar
Faculty Research in Aquaculture and Fisheries Biotechnology
Yonathan Zohar Fish reproductive endocrinology, applied technologies for manipulation of spawning, controlled delivery of hormones and other compounds into finfish, recirculating marine aquaculture, blue crab aquaculture.
Keiko Saito Applied technologies for microbial mediated water treatment in recirculating aquaculture systems.
Harold Schreier Microbial physiology and applied technologies for nitrogen metabolism in aquaculture systems.
Kevin Sowers Biology of methanogenesis in aquaculture systems.
Vikram Vakharia Molecular biology of economically important fish viruses and focuses on viral pathogenesis and development of novel vaccines.