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NORTHEAESTERN REGIONAL AQUACULTURE CENTER
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EXTENSION & EDUCATION

WHAT IS EXTENSION?

WHAT IS EXTENSION?

“All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities have a third, critical mission — Extension. Through extension, land-grant colleges and universities bring vital, practical information to agricultural producers, small business owners, consumers, families, and young people.”

 

– USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

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Photo courtesy of UMaine Extension: Joey Conroy

In collaboration with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the Cooperative Extension System acts as a vital link between a state's Land Grant University and its populace, transforming research into practical education and action. With its extensive reach spanning every county nationwide, Extension channels groundbreaking discoveries from research labs to individuals, communities, and businesses, empowering them to enhance their livelihoods.

Cooperative Extension empowers both rural and urban communities, regardless of size, to confront challenges, embrace evolving technology, enhance nutrition and food safety, prepare for emergencies, and safeguard the environment.

Specifically as it relate to aquaculture, Extension agents serve as the vital link between university resources and expertise with industry professionals and local communities. Collaborating closely with industry specialists, community leaders, and research scientists, they facilitate the exchange of knowledge and resources to meet the needs of communities and user groups. Their roles encompass various tasks, including conducting applied research, gathering and disseminating information through various channels such as pamphlets, courses, workshops, and meetings, providing technical reviews, and advocating for new research to address identified needs.

In essence, these specialists simplify complex information and demonstrate its practical application in problem-solving. Extension agents specialize in specific areas such as fisheries management improvement, seafood safety enhancement, fishing gear innovation, sustainable aquaculture development, pollution reduction, habitat restoration, and other topics crucial for advancing the safety and productivity of coastal-related industries.

OUR IMPACT

OUR IMPACT

Since its inception in 1986, the Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center has significantly impacted the advancement of U.S. aquaculture technology. Some of the NRAC’s more notable research accomplishments are highlighted below.

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Extension's impact resonates across every corner of the Northeast, aiding fisherpeople, producers, and families in maximizing profits and securing their future.

 

With economic development at its core, Extension fosters direct links between university science and local communities, nurturing physical, emotional, and financial well-being.This influence manifests in myriad ways, benefiting hundreds of families and businesses, spanning from urban centers to farms and ranches scattered throughout the region. While some impact stems directly from Extension's programming expenditures, the most significant effects emerge indirectly through extensive research, collaborations, and educational initiatives led by faculty members and staff across all counties and tribal nations.

 

Every dollar invested in Extension sets off a ripple effect, leading to increased yields, enhanced wages, improved health outcomes, and numerous other economic advantages.

 

For over a century, Cooperative Extension agents across all of our northeaster Land-grant universities have equipped farmers, fisherpeople, and producers with the knowledge vital for success and survival.

 

As we progress further into the 21st century, Extension continues to lay the groundwork for sustaining this economic impact for generations to come.

COLLABORATIONS & RESOURCES

COLLABORATIONS & RESOURCES

Encountering challenges on your farm that require expert resolution? 
Contemplating the integration of new technologies but need support? 

We recommend reaching out to your nearby extension agent or specialist. They possess the expertise and resources to assist you in addressing farm-related issues and navigating the adoption of innovative solutions.

EXTENSION AQUACULTURE RESOURCES:


University of Maryland Aquaculture

https://extension.umd.edu/programs/agriculture-food-systems/program-areas/animal-science/aquaculture/


Penn State Introduction to Aquaculture

https://extension.psu.edu/introduction-to-aquaculture

UConn SeaGrant Aquaculture Resources

https://seagrant.uconn.edu/publications/aquaculture/

 

UNH Sea Grant

https://seagrant.unh.edu/our-work/aquaculture

URI Aquaculture Extension

https://web.uri.edu/coopext/programs/food-systems/aquaculture/

EXTENSION AQUACULTURE EXPERTS:

CONNECTICUT:

Tessa Getchis - Senior Extension Educator - Aquaculture 
tessa.getchis@uconn.edu


Michael Gilman - Assistant Extension Educator - Aquaculture
michael.gilman@uconn.edu


Anoushka Concepcion - Associate Extension Educator - Seaweed
anoushka.concepcion@uconn.edu

DELAWARE:

Dennis McIntosh

Edward Hale

MAINE:

Dana Morse - Senior Extension Program Manager, Aquaculture Lead
dana.morse@maine.edu


Annie Fagan - Marine Extension Associate
annie.fagan@maine.edu


Jaclyn Robidoux - Marine Extension Associate, Seaweed 
jaclyn.robidoux@maine.edu

MARYLAND:

Allen Pattillo

Catherine Frederick 

Annie Schatz

MASSACHUSETTS:

Joshua Reitsma - Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist
jreitsma@capecod.gov


Abigail Archer - Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist
aarcher@capecod.gov


Rachel Hutchinson - Marine Resource Specialist
rachel.hutchinson@capecod.gov


Danny Badger - Marine Extension Specialist - Aquaculture
badgerd@mit.edu

NEW HAMPSHIRE:
Micheal Chambers - Research Associate Professor, Aquaculture Extension Specialist
michael.chambers@unh.edu


Gabriela Bradt - Aquaculture and Fisheries Extension Specialist
gabriela.bradt@unh.edu


Linas Kenter - Aquaculture and Fisheries Research Scientist
linas.kenter@unh.edu

NEW JERSEY:

Michael Acquafredda - Aquaculture Specialist, Rutgers, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
michael.acquafredda@rutgers.edu


Douglas Zemeckis - Marine Extension Specialist - Rutgers Dept. of Agriculture and Natural Resources
zemeckis@njaes.rutgers.edu

NEW YORK:

Barry Udelson - 

Michael Ciarramella - 

Gregg Rivara - Cornell Cooperative Extension

PENNSYLVANIA:

Zachary Gordon - NOAA Fisheries Milford Lab/CT Sea Grant, Regional Aquaculture Liaison
zachary.gordon@noaa.gov

Kevin Madley - NOAA Regional Aquaculture Coordinator - Aquaculture permitting 
kevin.madley@noaa.gov

RHODE ISLAND:

Azure Dee Cygler - University of Rhode Island, Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist
acygler@uri.edu


Robbie Hudson - University of Rhode Island, Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist
rhudson@uri.edu


Hisham A. Abdelrahman - Roger Williams University, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology - Aquaculture Extension Specialist
habdelrahman@rwu.edu

VERMONT:

John Brawley - Aquaculture Outreach Specialist
john.brawley@uvm.edu

WEST VIRGINIA:

 

 

FARMER & PUBLIC OUTREACH

FARMER & PUBLIC OUTREACH

NRAC is committed to supporting aquaculture farmers, recognizing their pivotal role in the food production chain. Our organization funds research and development initiatives to enhance the industry and streamline farmers' operations. 


Through collaborations with sponsored researchers and extension agents dedicated to farmer assistance, NRAC facilitates workshops and informational sessions across the northeastern United States. Moreover, our researchers actively engage with farmers, providing hands-on support in technology transfer, data collection, disease management, and various other aspects. NRAC also spearheads the Publications Project, which is dedicated to disseminating cutting-edge aquaculture research data through electronic and printed publications, as well as instructional videos.

Useful Resources for Aquaculture Farmers

  • Find manuals, fact sheets, and articles in the Publications section.

  • Other available publications include Aquaculture Interchange Program (AIP) publications, which are collections of AIP (Aquaculture Interchange Program) workshop proceedings.

  • If you are looking for information on research topics or publications you cannot find on our website, contact us for assistance with a literature search: sadams@nrac.org

  • You may also be interested in learning more about current and past projects and reading their accompanying reports, which may contain information applicable to your business.
     

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The Northeast region stands as the undisputed global leader in aquaculture innovation, driving industry growth to bolster economic vitality, all while steadfastly preserving aquatic ecosystems and championing conservation efforts for generations to come.




 

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