Aquaculture Research

Optimizing culture conditions and strains is necessary to assure adequate growth and survival of fishes cultured for food and for stock restoration. This work is also important to understand and, in some cases, mitigate the impacts of adverse environmental conditions on wild fishes.
Dr. Ray Grizzle and his colleagues at the University of New Hampshire study the many ecological services offered by eastern oysters and how they can support current restoration efforts in and around New Hampshire's Great Bay Estuary.
UNH has been working with the New England aquaculture industry (salmon farmers in Maine and steelhead trout farmers in NH) to promote the use of Lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) as cleaner fish in salmonid cage culture to control parasitic sea lice. 
Dr. Bonnie Brown and her colleagues study the many factors impacting the health and growth of eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in New Hampshire's Great Bay Estuary and throughout the North American Atlantic coast.