The E.W. Shell Fisheries Center

The 1600 acre E. W. Shell Fisheries Center includes infrastructure and natural habitats for interdisciplinary research, education and outreach in the areas of aquaculture, fisheries management and aquatic sciences. The facility includes a large, modern building housing research laboratories and aquatic mesocosms, and an administration and education building that includes a fish market open to the community. The large multipurpose room is used by the university and community for seminars, workshops, training sessions and meetings. In addition to constructed ponds used for experimental work, the Center provides habitat for wildlife, including Bald Eagles, wading birds, reptiles and amphibians. The Center is a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.

Organization of Biological Field Stations


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Research Activities

Students and faculty use the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center for a variety of research activities, including diverse species of catfish, tilapia, largemouth bass, crayfish, mussels and more.

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Educational Programs

The E.W. Shell Fisheries Center is utilized by numerous university courses, as well as the National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

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Extension and Outreach

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Extension and Outreach Programs

The E.W. Shell Fisheries Center is used extensively for community outreach and extension programs and workshops.

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