August 15, 2011
The University of Maine’s Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The event will begin in the morning at Wells Conference Center and continue in the afternoon at the Aquaculture Research Center and Hitchner Aquaria.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees can register by contacting Anne Langston at (207) 581-4397.
The open house is being held in order to showcase ARI’s research projects and facilities.
Shawn Robinson, a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, will give the keynote address at 10:30 a.m. Other topics being discussed in the morning session include aquatic disease ecology, disease resistance in shellfish, lobster health research, and research into sea lice.
Following a lunch and poster session, ARI graduate students will discuss their research projects. In a concurrent session, ARI faculty members, including Director Ian Bricknell, will discuss their research activities. Tours of the ARI facilities, including the ARC building and aquaria in Hitchner Hall, will be available at the same time.
Bricknell will round out the day with a discussion of hot topics in aquaculture research.
The Aquaculture Research Institute was established in 2009 by the Maine Enterprise Investment Fund (MEIF) and UMaine as an inter- and multi-disciplinary research unit focused on research, graduate education, and environmental outreach in the development of sustainable aquaculture in Maine and the U.S.
The institute includes UMaine-based Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin, the shellfish hatchery at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, and is affiliated with the School of Marine Sciences, the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, the Department of Medical & Biomedical Sciences and UMaine Cooperative Extension.