Faculty Advisor

Gerstenfeld, Arthur

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan

Abstract

This report was prepared for the Colegio Tecnologico del Municipio de San Juan in Puerto Rico. Overfishing has threatened the livelihoods of fishermen and disrupted the ecosystem. The feasibility of an aquaculture project was assessed for a fishing village in San Juan, and it was determined that such a project would be difficult to implement and would not be beneficial for the fishermen. We then directed our efforts toward analyzing the viability of offshore cage culture as a means for offsetting the island's dependency on imported seafood. This report investigates the environmental, political and socioeconomic aspects of cage culture. Previous and ongoing projects, as well as expert opinions, were studied to provide recommendations for the implementation of offshore cage culture in Puerto Rico.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

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