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Aquaculture and Marine Fish and Shellfish Research in the Pacific Northwest

Science to support sustainable wild-caught and hatchery-raised fisheries.

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Sustainable fish and shellfish aquaculture promotes blue-green jobs, decreases pressure on the wild fishery and produces a healthy food product. Also, we can use artificial propagation for wild shellfish restoration. 

We develop and optimize technologies for the artificial production of marine fish and shellfish, including developing genetically defined broodstocks, methods to control reproduction, optimizing larval rearing, and producing diets and strategies for promoting growth.

We promote sustainable wild-caught and cultivated fisheries by conducting applied research on the ecosystem processes and environmental conditions necessary for the production of harvestable algae, shellfish, and finfish. 

Our research focuses on:


Dr. Ken Cain, Aquaculture and Marine Fish and Shellfish Biology Program Manager


Understanding Marine Aquaculture

The United States has a small and vibrant commercial marine aquaculture industry supported by world class research and technology.

Shellfish farmers harvest mussels.

Last updated by Northwest Fisheries Science Center on November 09, 2022