About Us



To develop novel technologies for enhancing the sustainability and productivity of current aquaculture practices. MLML Aquaculture Facility hopes to lead the way in developing a rigorous foundation and policy for aquaculture science and in training the workforce and leaders in sustainable aquaculture in California, the United States, and worldwide.


String of shells settling substrate for Olympia Oysters.


• Advance interdisciplinary aquaculture research among CSU campuses

• Innovate in onshore and land-based system technologies for the aquaculture industry in California

• Expand research into the use of aquaculture in clean technology applications for a variety of resource recovery settings

Aquaculture Center Tank Demonstration.


• Develop new curricula and training programs for undergraduate and graduate students in aquaculture science

• Inform the public and policy makers regarding sustainable aquaculture

• Train CSU students for jobs in the burgeoning aquaculture industry

Jim Harvey at Aquaculture Facility Grand Opening.


• Inform the evolving standards and regulations for aquaculture

• Stimulate growth of the aquaculture industry in California, particularly in key areas where it is currently lacking

• Promote the development of economically and environmentally sustainable food and energy resources


The Aquaculture Facility at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) is centered around the recently-dedicated MLML Aquaculture Facility and involves faculty members and researchers from throughout the CSU, as well as a range of industry and outreach partners. In April 2015 we received a grant from the Council on Ocean Affairs, Science, and Technology (COAST) Strategic Investment Program to develop a funding strategy and a research and curricular plan for the MLML Aquaculture Facility. The grant ran from July 2015 to December 2016, included co-investigators from MLML, San Diego State University and Cal State East Bay and was led by MLML’s Prof. Mike Graham.



Abalone tanks at the aquaculture facility.
Students tasting algae samples from the aquaculture center tanks.