Safe, sustainable, and ethical.

Aquaculture is the globe’s fastest growing animal protein  industry and a vital food sector for meeting the nutritional needs of the world’s rapidly growing population.  Oregon State University has a rich history in aquaculture research and education, a diversity of programs, and a broad base of critical assets.  To maximize the university’s potential and support stakeholder needs, a diverse group of OSU faculty are working on developing aquaculture strategic concepts to guide future collaboration, investment, and programs. The concepts will incorporate ideas consistent with OSU’s 4.0 Strategic Plan and the Marine Studies Initiative. This “white paper” is expected to be completed in 2020 and presented to OSU leadership for discussion, refinement, and implementation.    

What is Aquaculture? 


Aquaculture is the breeding, rearing and harvesting of fish, shellfish, plants, algae, and other organisms in fresh or salt water. 

Oregon Aquaculture


Oregon aquaculture farms raise oysters, clams, salmon, trout, ornamental fish, seaweeds and algae. For more information about Oregon aquaculture, visit the Oregon Aquaculture Association. 

Aquaculture at OSU

College of Science


Department: Microbiology

Degrees offered: Aquatic Microbiology

Diseases of importance to finfish and shellfish in aquaculture

Contact: Ryan Mueller, Mike Kent, Jerri Bartholomew

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences


Department: Earth Science

Degree Offered: MA-Marine Resource Management w/Fisheries &

Aquaculture Emphasis

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College of Vet med


Department: Biomedical Sciences

Degrees offered: TBD

Labs: Häse-lab, Schubiger-lab

Contact: Carla Schubiger, Assistant Professor

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College of Agricultural Sciences


Department: Fisheries & Wildlife

Degrees offered: MS and PhD in Fisheries with an emphasis in aquaculture

Centers: Seafood Research and Education Center and the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station 

Contact: Chris Landgon, Professor

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Farming the Waters

By Nick Houtman

Last August, as part of the Oregon State University Marine Studies Initiative, Gil Sylvia called a meeting of OSU faculty and staff with an interest in aquaculture. He was pleasantly surprised when 30 people showed up in Corvallis on a summer day.

“They were all positive about advancing aquaculture at OSU and the need for some kind of coordination and collaboration,” says Sylvia, emeritus professor and former director of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station in Newport.... (cont.)

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