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VIMS’ new aquaculture facility nears completion

Nearing completing on the Gloucester Point campus of the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science is the Acuff Center for Aquaculture, a facility purpose-built to advance the science of farming shellfish. The expected occupancy date is spring 2022.

The 22,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will house a shellfish research hatchery designed to accommodate the operation of VIMS’ Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center (ABC), plus several of the other research, education, and advisory teams collaborating within the institute’s recently established Shellfish Aquaculture Program.

“The Acuff Center will position Virginia to advance as a global economic leader in sustainable shellfish aquaculture,” said Dr. Derek Aday, VIMS Dean and Director.

Funded by the commonwealth, the $22M facility honors the leadership and generosity of A. Marshall Acuff Jr. on VIMS’ behalf and in memory of his father.

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