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Establishing Foundational Resources for Finfish Mariculture Business and Industry Development in North Carolina: Sustainable Feeds, Regional Feed Suppliers, and Enhanced Market Value

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Award date: 
Sep 11, 2012
Award amount: 
$74,991
Organization name: 
UNC - Wilmington
Principal Investigator: 
Watanabe, Wade O.
Grant program category: 
Sector and Region Support
Grant program name: 
Regional Development Grant
Region: 
Southeastern

This project will test new eco-friendly and cost-effective diets that could substantially reduce feed costs for the commercial aquaculture of southern flounder and black sea bass in North Carolina. In collaboration with regional fish farming operations, the diets will be tested on a commercial scale. The project team will also evaluate feed production methods against sustainable aquaculture criteria and analyze the effects of these feeds on profitability.

Fiscal year: 
2013