About the program

The Aquaculture Program at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School is leading the way for research and development in the emerging fields of hatchery technology and offshore aquaculture. The program is responding to the need of scientific and technological improvement in aquaculture with concerns for the environment protection.

Our program is a pioneer in raising cobia (Rachycentron canadum). Hatchery technology and demonstration projects of offshore aquaculture of cobia are led in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. All the efforts are done in collaboration with industry as well as federal and state agencies and non-governmental organizations, to ensure that environmental concerns are addressed. More than science and technology, the program hopes to faster the development of legislation focused on sustainability and ecological responsibility.

In essence, the ever-growing demand for fish can only be satisfied through sustainable development, science and technology working together. Our tanks house only native, non-genetically modified species raised without the use of antibiotics. Scientists at the Rosenstiel School have developed innovative techniques for increasing feeding efficiency by optimizing management practices, working with feed companies to develop environmentally friendly aqua feeds to minimize or eliminate reliance on fish meal. Through advances testing methods and durable equipment used in unprotected areas offshore; we are developing projects in the open ocean to determine the environmental impacts of aquaculture operations and viability of our techniques.

It nature, it takes ten animals from downward in the trophic chain to produce one animal from the next trophic level. Comparing to this relation, modern offshore aquaculture is 3.7 times more efficient than nature in transforming small fish such as menhaden, a primary source of fishmeal used as food for livestock and brood fish, into larger carnivorous fish such as cobia.