Our student-led aquaculture project started in 2021 with a grant provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture.
This opportunity has opened opportunities for our students to become hands on in the construction, cycling, and maintenance of a full RAS or Recirculating Aquaculture System.
What is Aquaculture?
Aquaculture is the raising and harvesting of marine organisms, such as shellfish, fish, or even algae!
What are you raising?
Our system currently has carp, donated by our local FWC Blackwater Hatchery. We are raising these carp in conjunction with basil, forming an aquaponic system.
Why is this important?
Aquaculture is a industry that has experienced significant growth over the past decades. As global population has increased, so has our need for food. Raising fish takes less space and energy than other protein sources!
Why is your program student-led?
As with everything at the science station, we strive to give our students opportunities that will help them beyond the classroom. Our aquaculture program provides our students with tangible, hands-on experience in the field and gives them the confidence to pursue this field as a career choice.