Kieran Smith

Minnesota Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension Associate Kieran Smith
Professional Title
Aquaculture Extension Associate

What I do for Sea Grant

  • Coordinate and consult on specific aquaculture/fisheries projects
  • Provide aquaculture expertise to Minnesota fish producers
  • Communicate technical aquaculture/fisheries information to the public


Ph.D. - Fisheries and Aquatic Biology (in progress)
University of Minnesota
M.S. - Biology/Marine Science
Florida Atlantic University
B.A. - Biology
Florida Atlantic University

Outreach Projects

The Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative (GLAC) is a three-year (2019-2022) project to create a regionwide group to foster relevant, science-based initiatives that support aquaculture industries. Credit: L. Angradi.

The University of Minnesota Sea Grant program is developing producer-scale methods for raising Yellow Perch fish from egg to market size in a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS).

Fish is recognized as a healthy source of protein, beneficial fats, and micronutrients leading the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recommend that adults eat fish up to three times a week. Americans, however, are eating roughly half the recommended amount of seafood. This deficit could be filled by sustainable aquaculture production, reducing our dependence on dwindling wild fisheries.

The Cooking Seafood with Spark-Y cookbook contains six delicious and simple seafood recipes that you will fall in love with whether you're a beginner or a seasoned seafood chef.