Aquaculture and inland fisheries programs began at Auburn University in 1933 under the pioneering leadership of Dr. H.S. Swingle. Early work focused on construction and management of watershed ponds designed to capture and store rainwater for general farm use, fish production and recreation. These experiences formed the nucleus for an international development program that has been active in more than 100 countries, accruing more than 125 person-years of experience.
The International Center for Aquaculture was created in 1970 in response to requests from the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide technical and socio-economic assistance to developing countries in aquaculture, inland fisheries and living aquatic resources management. In 1991, the Center’s name was changed to International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments (ICAAE) to more accurately reflect the broad scope of its program. Since its creation the Center has been awarded over $25 million in contracts and grants.