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UVI Launches Cutting-Edge Aquaponics and Livestock Research Facilities

  • Tsehai Alfred
  • May 30, 2024

On Wednesday, the University of the Virgin Islands unveiled two new research facilities—the Aquaponics Facility and the Agricultural Experiment Station Livestock Facility— during ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Albert A. Sheen campus on St. Croix . The ceremony was attended by UVI administrators, local elected officials, and a small crowd of faculty, staff, students, and interested members of the community. This first stop was the aquaponics facility, where speakers highlighted the long journey towards the facility's reopening after it was severely damaged during Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. “This project represents resiliency, food conservation, sustainability,” said Adrienne Williams-Octalien, director of the Office of Disaster Recovery. “These are all of the commitments, the necessary steps that need to happen, in order to be prepared so that when a disaster strikes, we have a plan."‌ UVI administrators and USVI officials cut the Aquaponics Facility ribbon. (Credit: Tsehai...