Bill Mebane began his career in fisheries in 1981 after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in Zoology. His initial work was as a fisheries biologist for Philadelphia Electric’s Limerick Nuclear Generating Station. During this period Bill was actively involved with culturing tilapia in recirculating systems, heated effluents, and seasonal farm ponds. Bill’s work in aquaculture eventually led him to Zeigler Brothers Feed Company as their Aquaculture Equipment Marketing Manager; pure oxygen supplementation systems for intensification of fish production was one of Bill’s specialties. Following his employment at Zeigler Brothers, Bill managed a cold-water hatchery in Minnesota and oversaw the construction and management of several warm and cool water fish (Tilapia and Striped Bass) production farms in Florida and West Virginia. In 2012, after 17 years of serving as the Superintendent of Aquaculture Engineering at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole Massachusetts, where he was responsible for overseeing the operation of 14,000 sq. ft. of laboratory and fish culture systems dedicated to various fresh and marine organisms used in biomedical research, Bill was assigned a position as Research Associate. For the past 12 years he has served as director of the MBL's Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative (SAI), a program dedicated to developing low resource fish production systems in developing countries, primarily Haiti. Bill's work in Haiti has included introducing periphyton culture techniques, conducting many in-country training courses, constructing an Aquaculture Learning Center (ALC) in Marigot, Haiti and developing small "Turn-Key" family fish production systems. A primary focus of his work in Haiti is to develop alternative Tilapia feeds to reduce the need for imports.
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