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Research and Extension Programs

The VSAREC is dedicated to actively engaging with industry and research partners to respond to stakeholder needs. We help our stakeholders ensure the quality and safety of their products by providing technical assistance to businesses delivering training in HACCP, FSMA, sanitation, and more.

Aquaculture specialist holds fish in net

Recognized as a center of excellence for live feeds and hatchery production technologies, we work to advance aquaculture research and development. Our aquaculture program is highly adjustable and responsive to stakeholder needs, with the capacity to operate freshwater, brackish, and saltwater systems. 

Researcher holding up a sample in a lab

This multi-disciplinary program focuses on alternative proteins, cellular agriculture, bioprocessing, food safety and smart agriculture. Researchers apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, and more to improve food safety, quality, and production while reducing environmental impact.

Researchers reviewing papers with data

Interwoven with other core center programs, research in economics and marketing covers areas of business development, assessing regulatory challenges facing aquaculture producers, and capturing the economic impact of industry sectors.

Extension specialist holding a thermometer

We work together with research partners and industry to identify and solve challenges facing the seafood industry. VSAREC extension specialists provide technical assistance, process validation, value-added product development, and more.

Extension specialist speaking with an industry representative

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