Michael Chambers

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Michael Chambers has been involved with developing open ocean aquaculture since 1990. Starting in the Gulf of Mexico and funded by Occidental Petroleum Company, he pioneered cage culture protocols for raising Red Drum and Florida Pompano in submersible systems attached to abandoned oil platforms. Technologies developed there were further applied during his tenure at the Oceanic Institute in Hawaii. There, he helped establish the first offshore cage farm in the U.S. This project was notable for establishing permitting criteria, environmental monitoring protocol and submerged technical innovations, and for the stimulation of aquaculture in Hawaii. In 2000, he took the role of project manager at the UNH Open Ocean Aquaculture Project and the Atlantic Marine Aquaculture Center. This project was in the forefront of developing biological, engineering and environmental technologies for the commercialization of offshore aquaculture in the U.S. Numerous species (cod, haddock, halibut, mussels and steelhead trout) were successfully cultured at the submerged demonstration farm. More recently, he has been cross training fishermen on integrated multi-trophic aquaculture platforms in the North Atlantic. Internationally, Chambers has engaged aquaculture projects in the Black Sea (U.S. AID), in Norway (SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture), and in the Mediterranean (university and private). He also serves on advisory boards at UNH (Marine Operations and Dive Control) and for the Gulf Coast Marine Life Center in Destin, Fl. Chambers received a BS (biology) from the University of Wisconsin, a MS (mariculture) from Texas A&M and a PhD (zoology) from UNH. Lastly, he maintains a master captain’s license (100 ton) and has over 5000 hours logged diving in the Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.

Project Overview:

2015 Keynote - Initial training of fishermen on small scale, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture in New Hampshire