Aquaculture Program

UNCW Aquaculture in the News

  • 2016–
  • 2011–2015
    • 2015

      Austin Anderson was invited to present his poster entitled "Replacement of menhaden fish meal protein by genetically improved and solvent-extracted ultra low gossypol cottonseed meal protein in the diet of juvenile black sea bass, Centropristis striata" by A. Anderson, M.S. Alam, and W.O. Watanabe, at the legislative event for the North Carolina Council of Graduate Schools Graduate Education Day, May 19, 2015, Raleigh, NC.


      Austin Anderson received the UNCW Graduate School Best Poster Award entitled "Replacement of menhaden fish meal protein by genetically improved and solvent-extracted ultra low gossypol cottonseed meal protein in the diet of juvenile black sea bass, Centropristis striata" by A. Anderson, M.S. Alam, and W.O. Watanabe, presented at the UNCW Spring Student Research & Creativity Showcase, April 13-17, 2015, Wilmington, NC. 


      UNCW.edu: "We Are UNCW" profile story on James Hill, graduate student in Marine Science with award-winning research in alternative protein sources for red porgy.  Story published online March 31, 2015.


      TheSeahawk.org: "UNCW graduate student recognized for fish feed research" by Dianna Dames, March 5, 2015.


      James Hill received the Tyson Best Student Abstract Award entitled "Effects of mixed alternative protein sources in substitution of menhaden fish meal protein on growth performance, body composition and digestibility of juvenile red porgy Pagrus pagrus" by J.C. Hill, M.S. Alam, and W.O. Watanabe, presented at the World Aquaculture Society Conference, Feb 29-22, 2015, New Orleans, LA.

    • 2014

      James Hill received the World Aquaculture Society Best Student Poster entitled "Effects of mixed alternative protein sources and meat and bone meal protein substitution for menhaden fish meal protein on growth performance, body composition, and digestibility of juvenile red porgy Pagrus pagrus" by J.C. Hill, M.S. Alam, and W.O. Watanabe, presented at the Aquaculture America 2014 Conference, Feb 9-12, 2014, Seattle, WA.

    • 2013

      James Hill received the World Aquaculture Society Student Travel Award for his poster entitled "Effects of poultry by-product meal protein substitution for menhaden fish meal protein on growth performance, body composition, and digestibility of juvenile red porgy Pagrus pagrus" by J.C. Hill, M.S. Alam, and W.O. Watanabe, presented at the World Aquaculture Society Conference, Feb 21-25, 2013, Nashville, TN.


      Tyler Gibson received the Aquaculture Engineering Society Travel Award for the abstract entitled "Evaluation of chemical polymers applied as coagulation aids for removal of suspended solids from intensive, marine recirculating aquaculture system discharge" by Tyler F. Gibson, Wade O. Watanabe, Thomas M. Losordo, and Michael A. Mallin, presented at the World Aquaculture Society Conference, Feb 21-25, 2013, Nashville, TN. Article featured in AES News, Volume 16, Issue 1, Spring 2013.


      Cassandra Kelly received US Aquaculture Society Runner-Up Award for Best Poster Presentation entitled "Dietary magnesium supplementation in southern flounder Paralichthys lethostigma reared in a low salinity recirculating aquaculture system" by C.M. Kelly, M.S. Alam and W.O. Watanabe, presented at the World Aquaculture Society Conference, Feb. 21-25, 2013, Nashville, TN.

    • 2012

      Daniel Russo received American Fisheries Society Fish Culture Section Travel Award (Best Abstract) for the abstract entitled "Effects of feeding frequency on larval growth, survival, fatty acid profiles and resistance to hyposaline stress in black sea bass Centropristis striata" by D.J. Russo, W.O. Watanabe and T.C. Rezek, presented at the Aquaculture America 2012 Conference, Feb 29-Mar 2012, Las Vegas, NV.

    • 2011

      Matt Dawson received American Fisheries Society's Fish Culture Section Travel Award (Best Student Abstract) for the abstract entitled "Replacement of fish meal protein by a combination of alternative protein sources in practical diets for juvenile black sea bass Centropristis striata" by M. Dawson, M.S. Alam, and W.O.Watanabe, presented at the World Aquaculture Society Conference, Feb-Mar 2011, New Orleans, LA.


      Walker Wright-Moore received American Fisheries Society's Fish Culture Section Travel Award (Best Student Abstract) for the abstract entitled "Induced spawning of wild-caught southern flounder Paralichthys lethostigma with GnRH analogs: effects of hormone dose" by W.Wright-Moore, W.O. Watanabe, and T.C. Rezek, presented at the World Aquaculture Society Conference, Feb-Mar 2011, New Orleans, LA.

  • 2006–2010
    • 2010

      Greater Wilmington Business Journal:  "Aquaculture pioneer grows fish industry" by Alison Lee Satake, October 15, 2010.


      Matt Dawson receives travel award, March 4, 2010Matt Dawson received the US Aquaculture Society's Outstanding Student Abstract Award and the American Fisheries Society Fish Culture Section Student Travel Award for his abstract entitled "Effects of poultry by-product meal protein substitution for fish meal protein on growth performance, body composition, and digestibility of juvenile black sea bass Centropristis striata" by M.R. Dawson*, M.S. Alam, and W.O. Watanabe, presented at the World Aquaculture Society Conference, March 2010, San Diego, CA.

    • 2009

      jdnews.com: "Open house offers look at Sturgeon City's Riverworks" by Lindell Kay, May 7, 2009.


      Andy Ostrowski receives the American Fisheries Society Fish Culture Section Travel AwardAndy Ostrowski received the American Fisheries Society Fish Culture Section Travel Award for his abstract entitled "Salinity and temperature effects on growth, survival, whole-body osmolality,  and mRNA expression of Na+, K+, ATPase on larval red porgy Pagrus pagrus" by A. D. Ostrowski*, F. A. Montgomery, T. C. Rezek, T. H. Shafer, J. A. Morris Jr. and W. O. Watanabe,  presented at the AFS Tidewater Chapter Conference, March 2009, Wilmington, NC and World Aquaculture Society Conference, February 2009, Seattle, WA.


      Dustin Allen receives the USAS Student Travel Award

      Dustin Allen received the United States Aquaculture Society Student Travel Award for his abstract entitled " Laboratory culture of the diatom Chaetoceros gracilis using effluent from an intensive marine recirculating aquaculture system for black sea bass Centropristis striatus" by D.M. Allen* and W.O. Watanabe, presented at the World Aquaculture Society Conference, February 2009, Seattle, WA.

      (pictured with USAS president Dr. Rebecca Lochmann)

    • 2008

      Star News Online: "Is our seafood sustainable?" by Allison Ballard, August 28, 2008.


      Lumina News: "From fish farm to plate" by Jennifer Roush, January 24, 2008.


      Wilmington Star News: "Fish farm lab at Wrightsville shows promise", January 19, 2008


      The News and Observer: "Ocean fish, fresh from the farm" by Wade Rawlins, January 18, 2008.

    • 2007

      Island Gazette: "Donate a large flounder today" by Rachel N. Johnson, November 9, 2007.


      Wrightsville Beach Magazine: "Marine Biotechnology Dinner: The most important conversation you've never had" by Pat Bradford, Richard Leder, and Teresa Kramer, August 2007.


      UNCW's Cameron Insider: "Research by Day, MBA by Night: The business of marine biotechnology at UNCW" by Kim Proukou, Summer 2007.


      Greater Wilmington Business: "Aquaculture hatches business venture", Vol. 8.5:7. May 2007.


      James Wilde speaks on the marketability of cultured black sea bassLumina News: "Initiative tests marketability of cultured sea bass" by Jules Norwood, Vol.6 Issue 1. April 12, 2007.


      Black Sea Bass Tasters at Tango- April 2007 Wilmington Star News: "From fish to dish" by Sam Scott. April 12, 2007.


      Joe Carrier receives USAS Poster Award-San Antonio, TX, February, 2007.Joe Carrier received the US Aquaculture Society's Outstanding Student Abstract Award for his paper entitled "The effects of dietary arachidonic acid (20:4 n-6) on growth, survival, stress resistance and Na,K,ATPase expression in larval black sea bass (Centropristis striata)" by J.K. Carrier, W.O. Watanabe, M. Harel, T.C. Rezek, T.H. Shafer, P.J. Seaton and R.D. Roer, presented at the World Aquaculture Society Conference, February 2007, San Antonio, Texas. (pictured with USAS president Dr. Ted Batterson)

    • 2006

      Dr. Alam receives academic award Dr. Md. Shah Alam received a Minority Student Award for Academic Achievement Fall 2006. (pictured with UNCW Center for Marine Science Director Dan Baden)


      Chris Bentley and USAS AwardChristopher Bentley received the US Aquaculture Society's Outstanding Student Poster Award for his paper entitled "Preliminary investigations on the effects of dietary lipid level on spawning performance and egg quality in black sea bass" by C.D. Bentley, T.C. Rezek and W.O. Watanabe, presented at Aqua America 2006, Las Vegas, Nevada.


      Southern Flounder Workshop, Raleigh
      The first and second of a series of four workshops on Southern Flounder Aquaculture were held in March and November 2006 at NCSU (see article from Fish Farming News - requires Adobe Acrobat reader). These 2-day workshops are an intensive and hands-on introduction to controlled spawning, larviculture, growout using recirculating systems, health management, economics, and marketing.


      Fish Farming News: "Southern flounder workshop in NC offers training, demos, more" by Paul Hundley, Issue 2. 2006.

  • 2000–2005
Matt Dawson receives travel award, March 4, 2010 Andy Ostrowski receives the American Fisheries Society Fish Culture Section Travel Award Dustin Allen receives the USAS Student Travel Award James Wilde speaks on the marketability of cultured black sea bass
Black Sea Bass Tasters at Tango- April 2007 Joe Carrier-USAS Poster Award Dr. Alam receives academic award Chris Bentley and USAS Award
uncw-grown black sea bass served at chancellor's luncheon black sea bass served at chancellor rosemary depaolo's installation luncheon

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