Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center

Protecting and enhancing commercial and recreational fishing in South Mississippi; advancing the study of aquaculture around the world.

The 25 million dollar Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center (TCMAC), located at the Cedar Point research site in Ocean Springs, houses GCRL’s marine aquaculture research and graduate education programs. The Visitor’s Center provides an overview of the TCMAC’s state of the art spotted sea trout breeding facility. Private tours are available by request.

The Center includes approximately 100,000 square feet of culture space devoted to live feed, broodstock, hatchery, nursery/growout, laboratory, experimental, and analytical facilities. The facility employs cutting-edge technology, peer-reviewed research, and hands-on testing to grow fish in an environmentally responsible and economically feasible manner. Research is funded through partnerships with state and federal agencies, as well as by private companies.

 

Program Highlights

Shrimp raised at Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center
Marine Shrimp

Red snapper at Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center
Red Snapper



Speckled Trout at Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center

Spotted Seatrout

Blue crab aquaculture at GCRL
Blue Crab

Striped bass, stripers, rockfish at Red snapper at Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center
Striped Bass



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