Directors: Dr. Gary Thorgaard and Dr. Ken Cain
Services and Staffing:
The aquaculture core is established to insure proper and consistent handling and rearing of the animals among the projects. The primary species being reared is rainbow trout, but the UI facilities also have capabilities for rearing warmwater fishes. The aquaculture core is composed of three parts. The Washington State University facility, the part of the core which is funded by the CRB, includes a number of recirculating systems which can accommodate small-scale laboratory experiments. This facility is also involved in propagating several clonal rainbow trout lines for research purposes. This part of the core is staffed by Paul Wheeler with oversight provided by Gary Thorgaard. The second and third components are at the University of Idaho. The second component consists of a recirculating facility on the Moscow campus which is primarily used for short-term rearing of experimental fishes by U of I researchers. This component is being developed with support of the UI Aquaculture Research Institute and is currently staffed with a full-time hatchery manager (Scott Williams). The third component of the aquaculture core is located at the Hagerman research station of the University of Idaho and is used to support broodstock rearing and the more long-term, applied experiments. The oversight for the U of I parts of the core is provided by Ken Cain. Ron Hardy, a CRB member, is director of the UI Aquaculture Research Institute and is based at the Hagerman research station.
WSU - Different sized tanks are available in different recirculating systems to maximize efficiency and usefulness. Since each unit is a closed system, the experiments of individual investigators will not be compromised by neighboring projects. The advantage of this component is its proximity to the research laboratories and its support of the more technical projects, especially those requiring clonal or monosex trout for experiments.
UI Moscow facilities - Each recirculating system is composed of different sized tanks to maximize efficiency and usefulness. Since each unit is a closed system, the experiments of individual investigators will not be compromised by neighboring projects. This facility includes an expanded and refurbished system for rearing juvenile fish. The advantage of this component is its proximity with the research laboratories and its support of the more technical projects.
UI Hagerman facilities - This component has both outdoor raceways that are large enough to handle mature broodstock (both salmonid and sturgeon) and a wet lab containing multiple individual tanks on single pass spring water. Animals assigned to the outdoor raceways will be pit-tagged for identification. Feeding and medication of the animals will be provided by the staff; all experimental protocols will be conducted by the principal investigators and their associates. Although this facility is located in southern Idaho at a distance from the campuses, the quality and volume of water available for the rearing of fish make this part of the core a significant asset to our overall program.