The Economist features UMBC’s revolutionary land-based aquaculture

Fresh fish would “become accessible to millions of landlubbers who must now have their fish shipped in from afar, deep-frozen,” writes Geoff Carr, of Yoni Zohar’s revolutionary fish farming technology. “The upshot is a closed system that can be set up anywhere, generates no pollution and can be kept disease-free.” Continue reading The Economist features UMBC’s revolutionary land-based aquaculture

UMBC heads to Light City Baltimore: festival of light, music, innovation

Baltimore’s history as the first U.S. city to be illuminated by gas lamps has inspired Light City Baltimore, a new festival in the Inner Harbor, March 28-April 3, with 1.5 miles of glowing public artworks, free music, a free UMBC hospitality space, and a six-day innovation conference, Light City U. Continue reading UMBC heads to Light City Baltimore: festival of light, music, innovation

Yoni Zohar explains how his lab became the first to farm bluefin tuna in land-based aquaculture

In an interview with the Baltimore Business Journal, Yoni Zohar talks about how his work can help protect the bluefin tuna populations which are quickly decreasing. One day, he hopes to grow the tuna to weigh about 50 pounds. Continue reading Yoni Zohar explains how his lab became the first to farm bluefin tuna in land-based aquaculture

IMET Receives $600,000 Grant from Ratcliffe Foundation

The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) received a three year, $600,000 grant from the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation to implement the Ratcliffe Environmental Entrepreneurs Fellowship Program. IMET is a research institute supported by UMBC, University of Maryland Baltimore’s School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The fellowship program supported by the grant will help young scientists gain leadership and business skills that will allow them to introduce their research to a commercial market. IMET Director Russell Hill commented, “This is a tremendous opportunity not only for IMET but also for … Continue reading IMET Receives $600,000 Grant from Ratcliffe Foundation

UMBC scientist receives Maryland Innovation grant from TEDCO to advance the development of a vaccine to combat a deadly fish virus

Professor Vikram Vakharia, Professor of Marine Biotechnology at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore, received a $100,000 grant from the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII). Vakhria will use the funds to develop a vaccine against viral infections in fish populations. Such viruses can be devastating to fish populations world-wide. A vaccine could have tremendous implications for hatcheries and rearing ponds that provide high-protein fish to tens millions of people. Many viral diseases in fish have been reported worldwide. Of particular concern is infections caused by nervous necrosis virus (NNV). This virus is of concern because it impacts … Continue reading UMBC scientist receives Maryland Innovation grant from TEDCO to advance the development of a vaccine to combat a deadly fish virus