Scott LindellThe Applied Aquaculture Research Program (Lindell Lab) is directed at researching and developing marine aquaculture for sustainably providing food and fuel. We strive to develop methods that have positive economic and ecosystem services and minimal negative social and environmental impacts. This demands a multi-disciplinary approach encompassing various subsets of biology (e.g. genetics, physiology, epidemiology), and oceanographic engineering (e.g. sensing, structural, systems). Marine aquaculture faces considerable engineering challenges, particularly in the open ocean where there are opportunities for making significant economic contributions. Marine farms need design and management to reach commercial scales that lower risk, attract investment and enhance revenue. Our program currently works with farmers (see GreenWave – greenwave.org) and engineers (see www.whoi.edu/news-release/seaweed-fuel) to research and test novel systems that support multiple commercial-scale growing structures or longlines for shellfish and seaweed.
Breeding and genetic selection applied to aquaculture species is a relatively recent phenomenon compared to agriculture. We will be coordinating the selection of a founding population of sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima) germplasm, designating crosses and families to be planted out, and evaluating the performance (phenotypes) of each family. We will use novel engineered farms as a platform for testing hundreds of plots in MA and CT. The project goal is to develop new strains of kelp that are better as food or animal feed sources, and that ultimately fit the production cost profile of feedstocks for biofuels. There will be opportunities for research and mentorship in the both field (farms) and in the lab.