Supporting $740 million in economic development.

AQFI Features

“I am lucky that the professors in the aquaculture and fisheries program are always eager to teach students, even if they aren’t personally advising them,” Hannah Knuckles said. “I am grateful to them for having faith in me and helping me see my potential. My education at UAPB has contributed greatly to helping me develop independence and critical thinking skills.”

Hannah Knuckles, graduate student of aquaculture/fisheries

“At AQFI, we nurture students into leaders,” Dr. Yathish Ramena, director for the Aquaculture/Fisheries Center of Excellence said. “Join our Center of Excellence to make career advancement and innovative dreams come true while amplifying impact in the industry.”

Dr. Yathish Ramena, director, Aquaculture/Fisheries Center of Excellence



Join the only research-driven, comprehensive aquaculture program within the University of Arkansas System to support the state's recreational fishing industry which impacts Arkansas’ economy by more than $740 million a year.


Expand your studies while benefiting from more than $1 million in research grants our faculty and student researchers have secured. Engage in research that fuels jobs across Arkansas.


Benefit from the various scholarships we have available for students choosing to study aquaculture. Our national, state and local scholarship partners can help you fund your future.


U.S. aquaculture production is growing as demands for healthy seafood products increase, and a growing world population projected to reach over 9 billion in 2050.

Degree Options

  • Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences, Aquaculture & Seafood Business Track, B.S.
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences, Aquaculture Track, B.S.
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences, Fisheries Science Track, B.S.
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences, General Track, B.S.
  • The Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries at UAPB offers the only M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in aquaculture and fisheries in Arkansas. These research-based programs prepare graduates for careers in aquaculture resource management, natural fisheries and allied industries. The comprehensive program provides students with a broad base of skills, expertise and practical experience to be competitive for a wide range of opportunities.

  • Aquaculture and Fisheries, M.S.
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas Pine Bluff