Welcome to the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hampton, VA.
Core research and extension programs at the Virginia Seafood AREC focus on seafood safety, seafood quality of wild caught and cultured animals and products, business and marketing support for the commercial and aquaculture industries, engineering, thermal processing, intensive saltwater recirculating aquaculture, and education/ outreach for industry and consumers. The Virginia Seafood AREC also has a strong international program in food safety, food quality, Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqPs), intensive recirculating aquaculture (RAS) larval production of marine species, RAS design, implementation, and development.
Food science research and Extension programs focus on safety and quality issues associated with seafood products. The Virginia Seafood AREC currently functions as a regional Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) training center. Business and marketing programs focus on assisting the industry to become more economically competitive, and development of new coastal community development programs. Engineering efforts focus on validation of pasteurization and retort cooking procedures, as well as audits of energy usage, resource allocation and waste management. Recirculating aquaculture programs focus on closed system optimization and development, nutrition, feed alternatives, disease control for marine species. Education and outreach programs (offered in both English and Spanish) focus on seafood safety and quality, sanitation programs, good manufacturing practices, HACCP, etc. Additional education and outreach programs address engineering, business development, marketing, aquaculture; good aquaculture practices (GAqPs), aquaculture system design, and community development.
The Virginia Seafood AREC has five resident faculty members, and three classified staff including a hatchery manager, a microbiologist and an executive administrative assistant. The center also employs one additional hourly part-time employee in the aquaculture program.
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- Vitor R.G. Mercadante hired as assistant professor of animal and poultry sciences, Extension specialist
- Haibo Huang named assistant professor of food science and technology
- Julie Shortridge named assistant professor of biological systems engineering
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