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New Aquaculture Centre for UNCW

by Ellen Hardy
09 May 2008, at 1:00am

US - The new aquaculture facility for the University of North Carolina Wilmington in North Carolina is expected to be completed by the end of August.

According to reports in Lumina News the new building behind the Wrightsville Beach municipal complex will be expanded to accommodate the many projects and functions of the centre and its research staff.

Wade Watanabe, research professor and aquaculture program director, told Lumina News the group, currently operating out of the old Center for Marine Sciences building located near Crocker’s Marine on Eastwood Road, will be moving out of the building soon, as the building was sold a number of years ago, and a new Center for Marine Sciences was built in Myrtle Grove.

"The aquaculture program is very related to the facility on the beach, next to the municipal center, so it just doesn't make sense for us to be at the Myrtle Grove facility, logistically, having to go back and forth that far to Wrightsville Beach," Prof Watanabe said.

The newly renovated building at the beach will provide laboratory space to support the research and development work in marine finfish aquaculture.

The building, which is required to be on pilings to meet Wrightsville Beach’s flood requirements, will be approximately 32 feet wide and 82 feet long.

View the Lumina News story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy