The UWSP-Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility is located in Red Cliff, near Bayfield, Wisconsin and has been in operation since 2006. The facility conducts applied research, education and outreach services for and funded by the Wisconsin Aquaculture Industry, which is a $21 million dollar statewide industry, supporting over 450 jobs at more than 2,300 Wisconsin aqua-businesses (Aquaculture and Aquaponics).
UWSP NADF is one of a kind in the Midwest and joins only a handful in the country that offer the unique research, demonstration and educational capabilities. The facility is designed with modern, high-tech aquaculture production systems and equipped to provide a wide range of applied research and demonstration for a variety of projects and fish species including Atlantic salmon, Arctic char, lake trout, rainbow trout, walleye, saugeye, yellow perch, baitfish and others.
The facility is
recognized as an international leader in Recirculating Aquaculture Technology,
or RAS. With RAS we can operate with significantly less water than a traditional
flow-through facility. The facility also showcases a variety of other aquaculture systems such as incubation, larval and grow-out systems including pond, and raceway culture.
The education, outreach and demonstration capabilities the facility offers is also highly unique, with interactive hands-on tours for all audiences, K-12 aquaculture literacy and education, technical trainings and workshops, skill development and experience through internships and apprenticeships, technical assistance and extension of research to industry.