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New York Aquaculture Contacts

Education and Extension

Cornell University
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
302 Riley-Robb Hall
Tel: 607.255.1630
Ithaca, NY 14853

Cornell University Cooperative Extension

New York Sea Grant

Affiliated Associations

New York Aquaculture Association
Ted Universal
Tel: 585-243-3543.
Email: nysaquaculture@rochester.rr.com

 New York Aquaculture Industry

Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Short Course

This course is intended to give a thorough coverage of the engineering design, operation, and management of water reuse systems for finfish (limited coverage of indoor shrimp production). One day of hydroponics and one day of aquaponics are also included. At the conclusion of the workshop, individuals should be able to design their own water reuse systems and have a fundamental knowledge of the principles influencing design decisions. The location this year is Newburgh, NY with a Farm Tour of a two acre hydroponic and 100,000 lb/yr tilapia farm in operation.

The following topics will be addressed:

  • Water quality monitoring and measurement
  • Engineering design of individual unit processes
  • System management
  • Fish health management
  • Economic and risk evaluation
  • Indoor Shrimp
  • Tours of local aquaculture/hydroponics facilities

For students unable to attend the classroom course at Cornell, we offer the Distance Learning Course Packet. This includes: the text, Recircualating Aquaculture by Timmons and Ebeling (2nd edition), a CD consisting of lecture presentations used in the Classroom Course. There are four self-graded quizzes and a final exam that you send to Dr. Timmons, to receive a certificate.

Dates: July 15-19, 2013

For more details see: Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Short Course

New York Tilapia Culture

“New York State is diverse both geographically and in terms of aquaculture species and systems. The industry ranges from flow-through raceways to bottom culture of shellfish to intensive water reuse systems. Reliable production statistics are difficult to come by, but it is estimated that the State’s aquaculture industry annually generates $20 million in farm-gate sales. These figures do not include state, county, and municipal finfish and shellfish production for resource enhancement purposes. The predominant cultured species in New York are trout, baitfish (e.g. golden shiners), oysters, northern quahogs, large and smallmouth bass, bluegills, and tilapia. Other products include bay scallops, koi, crawfish, winter flounder, and aquatic plants (e.g. water lilies, hyacinths, arrowheads).” Source: Aquaculture Situation and Outlook Report 2009: New York by Gregg Rivara and Michael Timmons

Tilapia culture in New York appears to be targeted at niche markets. Continental Organics is a New Windsor based organic aquaponics company that currently has a 110,000-pound tilapia producing facility. They are marketing their products in the Hudson River Valley to wholesalers and restaurants and food stores that desire fresh, locally sourced fish. A great benefit is that their fish are grown in an enviromentally responsible manner without the use of antibiotics.


New York is located in a northern, temperate environment, so tilapia culture would generally need to be conducted inside in heated facilities.

No permit is needed to raise tilapia in indoor facilities. However, if the tilapia are raised in outdoor ponds or waters within New York, then a fish health inspection certificate.