Welcome to Auburn’s E.W. Fisheries Center. 1600 acres of infrastructure and natural habitats for interdisciplinary research, education and outreach in the areas of aquaculture, fisheries management and aquatic sciences.
The E.W. Shell Fisheries Center is utilized by numerous university courses, as well as the National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.
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The center also hosts school groups through programs such as Fish and Aquaculture Camp, short courses on aquaponics and other subjects as requested. These programs help educate students on where our food comes from, how aquatic organisms lives and the natural resources upon which they depend.
Center supports professors and students conducting research activities in the areas of fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic sciences. This work can take place in ponds and in the laboratories at the station, but also extends to waters throughout Alabama and the Southeastern U.S. Work includes diverse species such as catfish, tilapia, largemouth bass, crayfish and mussels. The center is also the site for a number of graduate thesis and dissertation research projects.
In addition, scientists can also be involved in testing new products or technologies for manufacturers and local businesses. The center also supplies fish to different constituencies, including schools, small farms and businesses, fishing rodeos, local restaurants, the AU Raptor Rehabilitation Center, Each Alabama Food Bank and the general public. Students of the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences operate a fish market at the center every Saturday.