The Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) was established in 1988 to provide a focus for aquaculture research at the University of Idaho.
Aquaculture is a highly diverse activity involving food production, fisheries enhancement and fisheries stock restoration. Thus, it touches a wide array of scientific disciplines. The purpose of institutes is to facilitate research and education across scientific disciplines. ARI activities are thus inter-disciplinary in nature, involving several departments and colleges across the university.
ARI is a strong proponent of collaborative research. ARI has formal collaborative research agreements with the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service and with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Both entities have scientists and staff in residence at ARI’s Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station, located in south-central Idaho near the center of the U.S. trout industry.