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Feeding a hungry world; Restoring depleted fish populations

Aquaculture is defined simply as the rearing of plants and animals in water.  For more than 35 years, HSWRI has applied aquaculture research as a conservation tool to produce food sustainably and to help restock depleted fisheries.  Breeding aquatic animals and rearing the young from microscopic egg to market size is a complex undertaking, especially when the animals are destined for release.  It requires significant knowledge in a diverse array of fields and a sophisticated hatchery infrastructure to control the environment of the fish.

Our aquaculture research projects all have the highest goal in common – to conserve wild stocks by providing alternative or supplemental sources of fish that are produced sustainably.  Whether we’re breeding seabass, halibut or rock fish for release back into the wild; butterflyfish or clownfish for the aquarium trade; striped bass or yellowtail for the food market, we’re trying to provide economically and environmentally viable solutions to ever increasing human demands on biologically sensitive and limited ocean resources.

Core Research Themes



Mark Drawbridge, M.S.

Program Leader