Our research is conducted at the Marine Biological Laboratory in partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. A majority of investigations fall within our Alternative Feed Development Program however we often undertake systems design and engineering investigations that relate directly to our project implementation activities.
Alternative Feed Development Program Overview – Inadequate infrastructure represents a significant barrier to the supply of commercial aquaculture feed throughout much of the developing world and particularly in Haiti. Furthermore, the economic sustainability of production systems that rely solely on commercially available feed in such regions is questionable, as the capital “cushion” required to absorb periodic shocks in market prices is often inadequate or altogether non-existent. Thus, in all senses of the word, truly sustainable aquaculture in the developing world must rely on regionally available resources to secure long term economic viability.
Current research activities:
BioFloc – An aggregate of bacteria, protozoa, algae, and all sorts of other material typically found in nutrient rich water. Rich in protein that is easily digestible to Tilapia, biofloc is “packaged” in a form that is readily available for the fish to eat and it is extremely nutritious.
Optimizing Periphyton Aquaculture Technology (PAT) – optimizing the techniques used to grow periphyton in aquaculture systems for use in water quality management and as a dietary supplement for tilapia.
Family Scale Fish Farm – A small holder sustainable fish production system that is simple to operate and has enough output capacity to represent a profitable enterprise opportunity. This systems design and engineering investigation was spawned through interactions with Haitian collaborators in Marigot and L’acul who expressed a desire for home systems that were not beyond their means.