To support a growing domestic salmon production industry, the Recirculating Aquaculture Salmon Network (RAS-N), a coordinated, national public-private network of experts, will analyze the current status of RAS technology, address barriers to its development, and provide a clear national plan to ensure economic, environmental and social success.
The overarching goal of RAS-N is to build capacity and establish a holistic hub of knowledge that will integrate past, current, and future research as well as outreach, education, and Extension, to promote the successful growth, stability, and economic feasibility of the Atlantic salmon RAS sector and, more broadly, U.S. aquaculture.
To accomplish this goal, we have identified six specific objectives:
- Solicit stakeholder input regarding technology background and industry status to identify gaps, constraints and research needs.
- Develop a coherent plan for national research efforts to address identified constraints and industry needs.
- Determine the economic feasibility of Atlantic salmon production in RAS.
- Undertake public outreach, education, and workforce development efforts.
- Implement targeted industry extension and technology transfer mechanisms that include information sharing tools, site visits, and technical assistance.
- Develop demonstration projects that provide the main concepts and innovations of sustainable RAS technologies/designs and utilize them for hands-on training opportunities, educational and technical workshops, and internship training programs.
Provide food security and reduce trade deficits associated with salmon imports by facilitating the growth of environmentally sustainable and economically feasible land-based Atlantic salmon production in the United States.