Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, University of Southern Mississippi
Creating a Sustainable Seafood Supply

Aquaculture:  the cultivation and husbandry of aquatic organisms, including fish, shellfish, and plants.

Thinking Globally: Creating a Sustainable Seafood Supply

As human population size and wealth have grown, so has demand for seafood.  GCRL scientists at the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center (CMAC) have developed national and international reputations for their research and development of sustainable marine aquaculture technologies. Currently, GCRL scientists are working on cost effective and environmentally friendly ways to breed shrimp and blue crab for human consumption.

Acting Locally: Supporting Mississippi's Fisheries

Seafood drives south Mississippi's economy through commercial and recreational fishing in the Mississippi Sound and Gulf of Mexico. GCRL scientists develop and test environmentally responsible technologies to enhance marine fishery stocks through release of aquacultured fish. Red snapper, speckled trout (spotted seatrout), and striped bass bred in GCRL facilities are tagged and released regularly into regional waters.

Aquaculture Programs at GCRL