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Combinatorial metabolomic and transcriptomic analysis of muscle growth in hybrid striped bass

This collaboration between UNH (Prof. David Berlinsky and Dr. Linas Kenter) and the “StriperHub” focused on a prevalent issue in commercial aquaculture of why some fish grow fast and some grow slow. Results demonstrated novel insights into the molecular regulation of growth pathways not only important for finfish aquaculture but also broader vertebrate physiology.

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Resolving the term “offshore aquaculture” by decoupling “exposed” and “distance from the coast”

The terms “offshore” and “open ocean” have been used to describe aquaculture sites that are further from the coast or in higher energy environments. Neither term has been clearly defined in the scientific literature nor in a legal context, and the terms are often used interchangeably.

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Evaluation of an experimental kelp farm’s structural behavior using regression modelling and response amplitude operators derived from in situ measurements

An experimental kelp farm was deployed and instrumented at an exposed site.

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Design, Deployment, and Operation of an Experimental Offshore Seaweed Cultivation Structure

This project was funded by the DOE MARINER program to develop technologies that enable large scale macroalgae cultivation for the purpose of generating material for human food, animal feed and biofuel.
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Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture of steelhead trout, blue mussel and sugar kelp from a floating ocean platform

Our CSSS integrated multi-trophic efforts are always ongoing. This publication details how we can benefit the coastal environment and the seafood community utilizing this innovative approach to aquaculture.
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Mooring tension assessment of a single line kelp farm with quantified biomass, waves, and currents

Kelp farming (Saccharina latissimi) has seen an increase in the Gulf of Maine. This publication details load and tension statistics measured at an experimental site in Saco Bay, ME. These data can ultimately help optimize future farms to produce a healthy kelp product.
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A New Paradigm in Offshore Macroalgae Farming: Reducing the Risk of Marine Mammal Entanglement

Protecting vulnerable marine mammal species like the North Atlantic right whale is a major priority in promoting a responsible seafood industry. With concerns regarding potential rope entanglements, this publication discusses a recent approach to reduce ropes used in kelp farming by replacing them with composite rod. This composite rod line is deployed to resist any potential entanglements, minimizing the risk to marine mammals.
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