Aquaculture Program

Pilot Commercial Scale Hatchery/Nursery System

A reliable, cost-effective source of juvenile fish (fingerlings) is needed to support growout operations. Under support by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center Regional Development Grant Program, a pilot commercial scale marine fish hatchery/nursery was established at UNCW that will supply fingerlings to start-up commercial operations and serve as a basis for developing an economic model of marine fish fingerling production based on engineering and biological parameters derived from the operation of the pilot facility. The system consists of three rows of insulated fish nursery tanks; one row of four 950-L (small) tanks, one row of six 2,100-L (medium) tanks, and one row of four 4,980-L (large) tanks. The facility has a total volume of 36,320-L, sufficient to produce approximately 72,640 1- to 5-g advanced black sea bass fingerlings per 90-d production cycle.

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Black Sea Bass juveniles in nursery tank Pat Carroll feeds black sea bass juveniles NCBC supported pilot commercial scale nursery/hatchery system NCBC supported nursery under UNCW's aquaculture research lab
Walker Wright-Moore and Amanda Myers sample nursery black sea bass Dr. Shah Alam prepares in-house alternative protein diets Juvenile black sea bass

[Click on any image above to view nursery gallery.]