Pamlico Aquaculture Field Lab
 
sign at the entrance to the Pamlico Aquaculture Field Lab five-year old female striped bass broodstock
Pamlico Aquaculture Field Lab: broodstock holding pools, hatchery building, cold-bank building, pier and South Creek

Five-year old
female striped bass
broodstock
Broodstock holding pools, hatchery building, cold-bank building,
pier and South Creek
The Pamlico Aquaculture Field Laboratory (PAFL) is the only NCSU field laboratory completely dedicated to research on aquaculture species. The PAFL is also used as a base for research on estuarine and marine fisheries and ecology, and for basic research on fish reproductive behavior and physiology, growth, osmoregulation, evolution & genetics.

Unique features of the PAFL include its Pamlico Sound location, offering multiple sources of fresh, brackish and full-strength (deep-well) seawater; a dormitory accommodating up to 10 occupants; sixteen 0.1-hectare ponds; a hatchery with several recirculating water systems; a 300-foot pier; and a boat ramp.

The PAFL is the sole world source of domesticated striped bass, white bass, white perch, and also has domesticated Mozambique tilapia.

The PAFL is the primary NCSU facility supporting the hybrid striped bass farming industry in North Carolina, which exists chiefly within a 30-mile radius of its birthplace at the PAFL, chiefly in Beaufort, Craven, Hyde and Washington Counties.


The PAFL serves as the primary source of broodstock and the main site for breeding activities in the National Program for Genetic Improvement and Selective Breeding for the Hybrid Striped Bass Industry. This unique program is a collaboration between the Striped Bass Growers Association, the USDA, NCSU, and several other government and university laboratories. The PAFL houses the most genetically diverse populations of striped bass and white bass (parents of hybrid striped bass) in existence. The striped bass have been domesticated for up to 5 generations and the white bass, for up to 9. These special lines of fish give the North Carolina striped bass producers a competitive edge over others in the nation.
Andy McGinty
Superintendent
2002 Hickory Point Road
Aurora, NC 27806
andy_mcginty@ncsu.edu
P 252.322.4054
young-of-the-year striped bass
young-of-the-year striped bass
releasing female striped bass broodstock from seine after taking a biopsy of the ovaries
releasing female striped bass broodstock from seine after taking a biopsy of the ovaries
North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler holding striped bass
North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner, Steve Troxler, holding striped bass