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July 22, 2014 10:01 PM

ARC Mentioned on NPR

The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories
by Dan Charles
April 07, 2014 5:45 PM ET

Why hasn't fish farming taken off in the U.S.?

It's certainly not for lack of demand for the fish. Slowly but surely, seafood that's grown in aquaculture is taking over the seafood section at your supermarket, and the vast majority is imported.

The shrimp and tilapia typically come from warm-water ponds in southeast Asia and Latin America. Farmed salmon come from big net pens in the coastal waters of Norway or Chile.Read More...

Prof. Zohar's Summer Program in Israel

Israel is home to three of the world’s most diverse marine systems – the Mediterranean, Red and Dead Seas. Although found in rare and remarkable proximity, each is distinguished by unique oceanography, biology, flora and fauna, making Israel a particularly extraordinary destination for students of marine and environmental sciences.

This summer, from June 22 to July 6, Yonathan Zohar, chair of UMBC’s Department of Marine Biotechnology, will lead students on an intensive study of the three Israeli seas at the Ruppin Academic Center, in Netanya, Israel, on the Mediterranean coast.

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                                                             Posted by Teressa Freemanl on July 22, 2014

UMBC scientist receives major grant from Gudelsky Family Foundation to advance sustainable aquaculture research

For the third consecutive year, The Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation has made a generous philanthropic gift to support the sustainable aquaculture work of marine biologist Yonathan “Yoni” Zohar at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This year’s grant of $600,000 is the foundation’s largest gift to Professor Zohar, and brings the foundation’s total support of his pioneering research to nearly $1 million.

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Photos from Jean-Michel Cousteau's Great Ocean Adventure



Jean-Michel Cousteau's Great Ocean Adventure

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WJZ: Famed 'Ocean Guy' Jean-Michel Cousteau Backs Baltimore Fish Farm 

WJZ's story

Posted by Teressa Freeman on October 11, 2013 12:10 PM | Permalink

Dr. Zohar on Midday with Dan Rodricks

Dan Rodricks discusses Maryland Fish Farming on his September 17, 2013 broadcast. 
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Dr. Zohar on the Marc Steiner Show

On 30th July 2013, The Marc Steiner Show featured an interview with Dr. Yonathan Zohar regarding ARC at IMET. Listen online here.

City Paper Highlights ARC at IMET

The Economy of Scales
A Baltimore lab aims to take the science of growing clean, healthy salt-water fish to the global marketplace

Article by: Van Smith
Photos by: Christopher Myers
Published July 24, 2013


The wood-grilled whole dorado, at $34, is the highest-priced dish on the current menu at Pazo, the casually elegant restaurant in Fells Point in Baltimore. Executive chef Mario Cano Catalan gushes about the restaurant’s specimens of the high-value Mediterranean fish, whose market name is gilthead sea bream, a sparkling silver species with a band of yellowish gleam at its head.

The ones Catalan prepares weigh a pound or a little over, he says, and after scaling and gutting them, he seasons them with crushed oregano and sea salt.

“They are cooked slowly,” Catalan explains, “at a medium temperature of about 400 degrees, and the juicy, moist meat gets a nice smoky flavor from cooking with its own juice inside, and the skin gets super-crispy, which is excellent.


The customers enjoy it very well.”

But here’s the catch: Pazo’s sea bream are not caught, nor are they from the Mediterranean. They come from a scientific laboratory in the basement of the Columbus Center downtown.


Here is a link to the full article.

Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation Give $250,000 to Support Dr. Zohar’s Sustainable Aquaculture Research


The Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation has made a generous gift of $250,000 to support Dr. Yoni Zohar’s sustainable aquaculture research programs at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology and UMBC's Department of Marine Biotechnology. This gift will support and enhance the important environmentally sustainable marine aquaculture studies done by Yoni Zohar and his research team. Dr. Zohar’s cutting-edge research contributes to closing the life cycle and developing efficient hatchery technologies for commercially and ecologically important marine fish and developing new generations of healthy seafood production methods to feed the growing world population, while protecting our marine and coastal environments. The gift also supports Dr. Zohar’s programs to build sustainable and healthy fisheries in the Chesapeake Bay.

New IMET Assistant Professor Appointed - Dr. Yantao Li

It is with great enthusiasm that Dr. Russell Hill announces that Dr. Yantao Li will be joining the IMET faculty as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Li's appointment comes after a seven month search process that included a large field of highly qualified candidates.

Dr. Li received his B.S. in Plant Biology from Nanjing University (China) in 2002 and his Ph.D. in Microbial Biotechnology in 2006 from the University of Hong Kong (in conjunction with work done at Arizona State University from 2004 to 2006).

Prior to his appointment with IMET, Dr. Li was an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Applied Sciences and Mathematics at Arizona State University.

Dr. Li will begin work at IMET in September.

An Article in "What's Up?" Magazine Highlights IMET and ARC

A recent article published in "What's Up?" magazine highlights the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. The article includes interviews with Dr. Russell Hill (Interim Director of IMET) and Dr. Yonathan Zohar (Director of ARC).

Please read the article, found here:

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