Category: Aquaculture

Development of Sustainable Aquaculture in Midwest through Improvement of Larval Fish Rearing Stages

The main bottleneck to further development of sustainable and intensive aquaculture in Midwest is improvement of larval fish rearing technologies and larval fish nutrition. The main objective of this project is to develop detailed protocols for larval largemouth bass rearing in indoor facilities that will help to support high survival and growth performance of this species in its young age.


Energy efficient and sustainable aquaculture water treatment Using microbial fuel cells and membrane-supported biofilms

  • Investigate the feasibility of a new treatment process, based on microbial fuel cells and membrane-supported biofilms reactors for removing nitrogen and sulfide in simulated recirculating aquaculture systems wastewater.
  • Determine the nitrogen and sulfide removal efficiencies, and levels of electric power production
  • Test different reactor configurations under variable loading conditions

Largemouth Bass Muscle Hydrolysate as Practical Replacement of Live Food for Largemouth Bass Larvae

  • Develop an optimal methodology for largemouth bass (LMB) muscle hydrolysis using digestive enzymes representing LMB digestive tract
  • Evaluate the effect of LMB muscle protein hydrolysate used as first feed on the growth and survival of LMB larvae
  • Provide feed/additive manufacturing industry with knowledge and tools required for production of high-quality, cost effective, and well-digested dietary muscle hydrolysate as a source of protein in larval fish feeds

Lipid Nutrition and Metabolism in Yellow Perch

The objectives of this project are to:

  • Develop a growth curve for yellow perch fed purified and practical diets.
  • Evaluate the effects of dietary lipids on growth, feed efficiency, and nutritional composition of fillets.
  • Provide an indication of the essential fatty acid needs of yellow perch.