Caribe Fisheries – Aquaculture Design Consultant

Aquaculture Design Consultant:

 

 

Fusion Farms has been working with Dr. Mike McGee of Caribe Fisheries, Inc. to design the fish component of the system.  Fusion Farms will be working with Caribe Fisheries to supply the hatchlings and original Tilapia stock for our CEA.

 

Dr. McGee owns and operates Caribe Fisheries Inc. a tropical aquaculture farm in Lajas, PR.  He is involved in all phases of aquaculture and particularly those which may be important to improving productivity and quality of life in PR.  Most recently he introduced a new aquaculture species to this hemisphere, the Basa catfish.  Puerto Rico is currently the only nation in the western hemisphere to culture this food fish.  Exports from Vietnam to other countries of the world are over $1,000,000,000 a year and there is good potential in all tropical regions of the western hemisphere to culture this valuable species.  He also offers training and workshops related to aquaculture.  He is working with Fusion Farms and other institutions to increase awareness of aquaculture in PR.

 

Caribe Fisheries does the production of freshwater ornamental species and production of freshwater food fish species, as well as the production of freshwater prawns. Caribe Fisheries provides integrated aquaculture-agriculture systems training programs in aquaculture consulting.

Caribe Fisheries was established in 1989 by Dr. Michael McGee.  The main business is ornamental fish for wholesale distribution in Puerto Rico and for export.  We have diversified to produce fish for consumption such as Pangasius (Basa catfish) and Pacu.  Pangasius are popular and important fish for consumption in Asia and have grown in importance as a commercial fish worldwide.  Vietnam is the main producer of Basa, exporting more than 1,000,000 tons of fillets a year.  In addition, Caribe Fisheries produces fish and shrimp seeds for sale to other aquatic farms. Caribe Fisheries continues to work with governments, universities and individuals as consultants to help develop aquaculture in Puerto Rico, Central and South America.

Dr. Michael V. McGee has extensive experience and training in the areas of aquaculture, aquatic ecology, water chemistry and fisheries science.  For the past 18 years he has successfully developed and operated his own aquaculture-agriculture business Caribe Fisheries Inc, located in the Lajas Valley. Caribe Fisheries produces ornamental and food fish species, freshwater shrimp, aquatic plants, vegetables and herbs for sale in Puerto Rico.

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION



B.S. Biology (honors) 1975 St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s Maryland.

 

  1. Ecology (honors) 1978 Graduate Program in Ecology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

 

Ph.D. Fisheries and Aquaculture (high honors) College of Agriculture, Auburn University, Auburn Alabama

 

CAREER POSITIONS



President Caribe Fisheries Inc. Lajas, PR 1990- present.
Designed, constructed and operated at 14 acre tropical aquaculture farm in the Valley of Lajas. Caribe Fisheries is longest successfully operating aquaculture farm in PR and is recognized as an industry leader. The farm produces over 600,000 ornamental fish a year among 40 different varieties. Food fish species and freshwater prawns are also raised for sale to consumers and other aqua culturists.  In 2002 I accomplished for the first time in Puerto Rico the reproduction and rearing of important new food fish species for the local aquaculture industry. In 2004 I developed a unique integrated aquaculture-agriculture system for the combined production of fish and plants using recirculated water and drip irrigation.

 

Pond manager, Langostinos del Caribe 1985-1986 and 1988-1990
Responsible for water quality management and production on 200-acre freshwater prawn farm in Puerto Rico. Developed a new stock and production system for prawn culture which has been widely adapted in tropical areas as an optimized production strategy.

 

Assistant Professor Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Dept. of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1986-1988. 
Established the aquaculture extension program through the Cooperative Extension Service statewide. Authored a number of aquaculture extension publications. Designed in aquaculture demonstration farm in North Florida. Participated in curriculum development for the departmental aquaculture program.

 

Owner Aquatic Management Consulting 1983-1985 Frederick Maryland.
Consulting and management contracts with private industry, public agencies, pond owners and aquaculture operations. Provided information and technical assistance for pond and lake management. Developed and taught a course on aquatic resource management at Frederick Community College.

 

Languages



English and Spanish.

Professional Memberships



Honor Society of Agriculture Gamma Sigma Delta

World Aquaculture Society

Global Aquaculture Alliance