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USDA Visits IMET

The afternoon of April 28, IMET hosted Dr. Shefali Mehta, USDA's Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, and Dr. Caird Rexroad, USDA-ARS National Program Leader for Aquaculture. Dr. Mehta was amazed by our Aquaculture Research Center and very excited about our work.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $10 million to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to carry out a set of projects to solve specific aquaculture challenges.

Professor Yonathan Zohar, chair of Marine Biotechnology, UMBC, at IMET, leads the Sustainable Aquaculture Systems Supporting Atlantic Salmon (SAS2) that will address a range of challenges still hindering the success of emerging aquaculture platforms. SAS2 project includes many academic and federal research institutes, as well as nine industry partners from across the U.S., Iceland, and Norway. Two-thirds of SAS2 will be dedicated to research, with the remaining third split evenly between education/workforce development, and extension/community engagement.

 

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