Ecological Aquaculture at the UCSC Farm

The ecological aquaculture research is being built at the UCSC Farm

A new ecological aquaculture research facility at the UCSC Farm will link aquaculture and agriculture

The new aquaculture facility will house recirculating-water fish tanks for research by Dr. Anne Kapuscinski, professor of environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz and director of UCSC's Coastal Science and Policy Program. This work is co-led by Dr. Pallab Sarker, associate research professor of environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz. Kapuscinski and her colleagues' work will focus on finding the best ways to raise food fish using sustainable aquaculture-agriculture practices. 

With this project, the team will continue research on shifting the feed used in aquaculture from fishmeal and fish oil extracted from wild fish populations to a sustainably produced, microalgae-based feed free of fish products, as well as reducing the phosphorous load in water compared to conventional aquacultural practices. 

Dr. Kapuscinski and her colleagues will also explore the potential of raising native freshwater fish, such as rainbow trout and Sacramento perch. The results of this research could potentially open new business opportunities in coastal communities based on sustainable aquacultural practices and conserve biodiversity in those regions.

Dr. Kapuscinski and Dr. Sarker will also integrate aquaculture with agriculture at the UCSC Farm. Researchers will examine ways that nutrient-rich water periodically flushed  from the recirculating fish tanks can be used on crops in order to "close the loop" of nutrient use, reduce waste, and conserve energy.

Watch this video to find out more about Dr. Anne Kapuscinski's ecological aquaculture research at UCSC.

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