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UWSP Aquaculture Research Center Spared from Budget Cuts

Lawmakers Also Restored Funding For School's Papermaking Facility

Glen Moberg/WPR

The state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee has restored funding for the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility in Bayfield. Proposed budget cuts could have shut down the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point research center.

Researchers at the facility are working with private industry to develop the world’s first commercially viable walleye fish farming operation. On Friday, the Joint Finance Committee not only restored the research center’s funding, but added another $100,000 to its budget.

UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Bernie Patterson was pleased: “It’s good news for UW Stevens Point but it’s also good news for the state of Wisconsin in our efforts to help grow the aquaculture industry.”

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The committee also restored funding for the UW-Stevens Point paper machine, which trains students for jobs in the paper industry.