ARS Scientists at the National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center Are Breeding New Generations of Atlantic Salmon
A Day in the Life at the National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center
Brian Peterson, Research leader
Photography by Jim Pattiz
U.S. salmon production is constrained by a lack of genetic improvement, disease, and production efficiency. Producers must culture salmon of North American origin, and salmon genetic research is vital for improved native stocks. ARS’s National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center, in Franklin, ME., provides a state-of-the-art facility to study, enhance, and improve all life stages of the Atlantic salmon. Here, researchers address genetic improvement, growth and development; health; and sustainable production systems for Atlantic salmon and other cold water marine finfish species.