A newly-formed collaboration between SUNY Cobleskill and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is securing in excess of $600,000 for aquaculture programming at the College. Thanks to the collaboration, five distinct projects, and one new member of the College’s Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Science faculty, will enhance statewide economic and conservation efforts in the next five years — and well beyond.
As news of this latest project with SUNY Cobleskill and DEC spreads, those on both sides are sharing optimistic outlooks. College President Marion A. Terenzio, Provost Dr. Susan Zimmermann, and Chair of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Mark Cornwell have each explained how the agreement projects to enhance student-driven applied learning, for the benefit of involved students and the state’s network of fisheries. Basil Seggos, DEC commissioner, and Steve Hurst, chief of the Bureau of Fisheries for DEC, have added their belief that the symbiotic nature of the collaboration ensures the development of quality, energy efficient aquaculture technology, in an environment conducive to continuous learning.