Michael Rust

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Voices from the Science Centers


Voices from the Science Centers is an oral history initiative dedicated to documenting the institutional knowledge of fisheries scientists and administrators in the labs of NOAA’s Fisheries Science Centers.

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Michael Rust is an aquaculture science advisor for NOAA in Silver Spring, Maryland and has spent the last two decades conducting aquaculture research at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Colorado. He then served two years in the Peace Corps in the Philippines before returning to the United States. Rust pursued two Master’s degrees at the University ofCalifornia, one in International Agricultural Development and one in Animal Sciences. He also has a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Rust completed his post-doc in Norway and has done aquaculture work in Haiti, Florida, the Bahamas, and Quebec. At NOAA, his research has focused on feeds, nutrition and hatchery development of marine fish.

Interview contains discussions of: NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, aquaculture, hatcheries, marine fish, nutrition, world hunger, sustainability and climate change.

In this interview, Mike Rust discusses the state of aquaculture in the United States and his career working for NOAA.

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