The Aquaculture Program at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science plays a major role in aquaculture development, consultation and participation, technology transfer of marine fish hatchery and growout for commercial operations around the globe. Placing an emphasis on close collaboration with academic and research institutions, industry leaders, environmental organizations, government agencies and regulators, research conducted at the Rosenstiel School is helping to advance hatchery and growout technology in the United States and beyond.  The School’s curriculum addresses the important and contentious issues that shape the future of sustainable aquaculture development, the technologies and policies that govern production, and our understanding of the limits and capacities of the environment.

The Aquaculture Program focuses on the technological, environmental and economical feasibility of sustainable aquaculture operations. Students from several countries and diverse backgrounds and interests attend the graduate program.

Associate Professor and Aquaculture program director, Dr. Daniel D. Benetti, is involved in sustainable aquaculture projects in the U.S., Australia, the Caribbean, Latin American, Europe and Asia. In collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) NMAP effort in the southeastern United States and the Caribbean, the program has partnered with the U.S. government and industry leaders to spearhead advanced technology for hatchery and sustainable offshore aquaculture development in these regions.

The Rosenstiel School offers Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Aquaculture through the divisions of Marine Affairs and Policy and Marine Biology and Fisheries. An interdivisional Ph.D. degree is also available to eligible candidates. With nearly 100 percent job placement within the industry, government agencies, research institutions and NGOs, the program continues to grow steadily.