Suds to Shrimp

Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) solve several vexing problems with aquaculture, specifically water usage and untreated nutrient waste. Opportunities for RAS in Maine are rapidly expanding, with several large commercial RAS facilities slated to open in the next few years, and many smaller-scale aquaponics operations in development or opening soon. We intend to prepare our students for employment in RAS, aquaponics, and aquaculture through curriculum and research based on our expertise in Environmental Science (water quality, ecology, environmental policy and regulations), strong problem-solving skills, and an environmental ethic.


We see considerable opportunities for growth, including:

  1. Student exchanges
  2. Expanding our research facilities
  3. Assisting start-up operations in Maine and beyond, and
  4. Developing a certificate in RAS and Aquaponics.


  • Whole Oceans

  • University of Maine
  • Alewife Harvesters of Maine


Theodore Willis

Theodore Willis

Associate Adjunct Research Faculty