UMBC researchers win USDA grants to improve safety and efficiency of fish farming industry

Yonathan Zohar, professor and chair of marine biotechnology, explains that the two UMBC teams’ research “makes the point of how you can use advanced approaches and strategies of biotechnology to open some of the major bottlenecks in the aquaculture industry.” Continue reading UMBC researchers win USDA grants to improve safety and efficiency of fish farming industry

UMBC marine biologist Colleen Burge works to save world’s oysters from deadly herpes virus

“It may only be a matter of time until [deadly strains of the herpes virus] reach U.S. coastal bays,” Colleen Burge writes. That means finding a way to prevent massive oyster die-offs, which have already happened in other parts of the world, is important to save the species—and Burge is on the task. Continue reading UMBC marine biologist Colleen Burge works to save world’s oysters from deadly herpes virus

UMBC scientist launches company to commercialize new oral vaccine to save fish industry millions

The technology is a huge advance over the previous vaccine, which required injection into each fish individually. “If this works,” Vikram Vakharia says, “it opens the door to use this technique with other pathogens.” Continue reading UMBC scientist launches company to commercialize new oral vaccine to save fish industry millions

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

UMBC researchers raise Atlantic bluefin tuna on land for first time in North America

A team of UMBC researchers has made history by successfully raising Atlantic bluefin tuna from eggs to juvenile stage in a recirculating, land-based mariculture system for the first time in North America. Scientists at the Institute of Marine and Environmental … Continue reading UMBC researchers raise Atlantic bluefin tuna on land for first time in North America

Yoni Zohar says FDA approval of genetically engineered salmon could have environmental benefits

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved the first genetically modified animal for sale as food: AquaAdvantage salmon,. The FDA determined that the salmon is not biologically different than nongenetically engineered salmon and is safe to consume. … Continue reading Yoni Zohar says FDA approval of genetically engineered salmon could have environmental benefits