Facility Overview

General Features

  • 22,000 square feet of interior space
  • 7,800 square feet of exterior space
  • Two algal culture rooms occupying 2,400 square feet
  • 750 square feet additional laboratory area
  • Workshop and garage areas


  • Two 100-hp main pumps supply raw seawater at 2,500 gallons-per-minute
  • "Treated" seawater is filtered, sterilized with ultraviolet radiation, temperature-adjusted and stored in an insulated 60,000 gallon tank for distribution throughout the facility
  • Seawater is pumped year-round from the Cape May Canal at salinities around 30 ppt

Main Culture Room

  • 12,000 square feet
  • Supplied with both treated and raw seawater
  • Air distribution system
  • Network of floor drains, where all water returns to Cape May Canal
  • Hot and cold freshwater for wash-down
  • Water from elevated indoor and outdoor areas can be reused in tank culture of other organisms

Aquaculture Innovation Center