Shell Center to Feature New $5.6 Million Research Complex

The newly named E.W. Shell Fisheries Center in north Auburn will be home to a new $5.6 million Center for Aquatic Resource Management that will be built with federal funding U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., was instrumental in securing.

David Rouse, head of the CoAg Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, says the new facility, which will house state-of-the-art fish research laboratories as well as offices and limited classroom space, likely will be constructed just north of the Shell Center’s research ponds, where the AU Fish Market now sits. The new building will include a market area and visitors’ center, Rouse says.

The AU Board of Trustees approved the project in September. Rouse says an architect should be selected before year’s end, with construction expected to begin in early 2007 and be completed sometime in 2008.

“We are thrilled that this project, which has been in our long-range vision for some time, will finally become a reality,” Rouse says. “The center, which will feature several large fish holding areas, environmentally controlled fish labs and analytical labs, will allow us to continue to produce top-notch research that will sustain the fisheries industry in Alabama and worldwide.”

Funding for the project is coming through the U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Shelby, who is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Commerce, Justice and Science, announced the appropriation in mid-September.

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