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Four fisheries labs give university leading edge

Idaho is the nation’s largest commercial producer of rainbow trout and is central to the recovery of many endangered and threatened fish stocks. This uniquely positions the University of Idaho as a destination institution for student training and research opportunities in Aquaculture and Fisheries.  


May 7, 2019
By Liza Mayer
University of Idaho’s unique facilities allow hands-on training for students Idaho is the nation’s largest commercial producer of rainbow trout

The Aquaculture Research Institute at the University of Idaho is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading institution that provides academic and research training in all areas of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are linked to Fisheries and Aquatic studies within various colleges and departments including Fish and Wildlife Sciences, Biology, Animal and Veterinary Sciences, etc.  This creates exciting opportunities for students seeking careers in Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences.  

There are four fisheries laboratories (three on campus and one in Southern Idaho) that set the university’s programs apart from other peer institutions. Such unique facilities allow hands-on training for students at the University of Idaho and expand capacity to address the research needs of state and federal agencies, private industry, and Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest.Current strengths and specific areas of expertise of associated faculty are focused in many areas of research, including:

  • Fish Nutrition
  • Fish Health/Immunology
  • Fish Ecology
  • Fisheries Management
  • Fish Genetics
  • Fish Reproductive Biology
  • Fish Physiology
  • Limnology
  • Water Resources/Hydrology