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New RAS online portal launched in the U.S.

A consortium of experts that aims to advance the United States’ fledgling RAS salmon industry has officially launched and its website is now live.

The Recirculating Aquaculture Salmon Network (RAS-N) comprises institutes and private sector entities that will look into the role of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) in addressing the U.S. seafood deficit.

They plan to identify technological and scientific gaps and prioritize research that will help advance industry development. Those efforts will be published in the RAS-N’s website at www.ras-n.org.


A $1.2-million grant from NOAA’s National Sea Grant Office in October 2019 got the initiative started.

Maryland Sea Grant and University of Maryland, Baltimore County, are lead partners in the initiative. Industry collaborators, which matched the fund from NOAA, include Superior Fresh, Whole Oceans and Riverence.

“Together, the private and public sector have invested more than $2 billion into land-based salmon aquaculture, and its technologies and knowledge base are rapidly advancing.  Our partners and collaborators represent a broad approach in nurturing and supporting sustainable, land-based RAS Atlantic salmon production in the United States,” said RAS-N.

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2 Comments » for New RAS online portal launched in the U.S.
  1. Ivar Warrer-Hansen says:

    That is very good news. The US itself has been a little slow in raising the interest and investment in RAS.
    What worries me though is the word consortium of experts or expert groups. With a few exceptions, and I will gladly say that the FI is an exception, experts are otherwise scientists in various research insitutions who really haven’t got much notion as to what concepts and processes work on a commercial scale, and why would they. In other words, they have little inclination as to what is needed to make a project a success. This has shown to be the case so many times. I hope sincerely that the consortium of experts acknowledges this and focus on research and inititives that enhances the technologies that have a chance to succeed. There is no need to re-invent the wheel. Because, believe it or not, the really promising RAS concepts and processes come from a handful of existing RAS suppliers, not from universities.

    • Paul Hundley says:

      Hello Ivar. I agree that FI is an exception. And there are other great exceptions. But I also believe as you say, “the really promising RAS concepts and processes come from a handful of existing RAS suppliers, not from universities.” My perception is that universities outside the U.S. are better aligned with commercial entities and their technology development needs. Steady as she goes . . .

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