UMaine Aquaculture Research Institute awarded $2.25 million for recirculating aquaculture systems research

The University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) has been awarded $2.25 million per year of congressional programmatic funding for recirculating aquaculture systems research. 

The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and supports studies ARI scientists will conduct at the National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center. 

Recirculating aquaculture systems are land-based culture systems that boost production, strengthen domestic aquaculture, reduce dependence on coastal ecosystems and enhance resilience to changing environmental conditions. In conjunction with an existing USDA-ARS Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement, the new funding will help establish ARI as a nationally recognized recirculating aquaculture system research facility, focusing on shellfish and finfish species.

Visit the ARI website for more information. 

Contact: Corinne Noufi,