The National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center is being overseen by Dr. William R. Wolters. He currently has three full time technicians and one part time technician working with him, as well as a collaboration with the Unviersity of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research.
This project was initiated in March 2003. Major accomplishments to date are: 1) the development of a new USDA, ARS national cold water marine finfish research program and facilities in collaboration with producers and consumers, 2) a breeding program to develop improved Atlantic salmon lines from North American stocks has been initiated and is evaluating the germplasm in commercial production environments in collaboration with commercial producers, and 3) meetings have been held with research collaborators and producers concerning future multi-disciplinary research on salmon and other marine finfish with potential for commercial culture.
Dr. Wolters spawning a year class 2003 Atlantic Salmon in the Fall of 2007.