Kevan Main is Manager for the Marine & Freshwater Aquaculture Research Program and has lead Mote's aquaculture research programs since 2001. Dr. Main was awarded the Mote Eminent Scholar Chair in Fisheries and Aquaculture in June 2013. She directs the operations at Mote’s 200-acre field station, Mote Aquaculture Research Park, in eastern Sarasota County. In 2012, Dr. Main was served as the President of the World Aquaculture Society. Her research interests are in developing sustainable aquaculture methods to produce marine fish, sturgeon, shrimp, abalone, and corals through aquaculture. Dr. Main received her Ph.D. from Florida State University and has more than 30 years of experience in the aquaculture of tropical and subtropical fish and invertebrates from around the world. She has published 7 books and more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and has traveled to aquaculture facilities throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. In 2016, Dr. Main was recognized as a “White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood.”.
Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Florida State University
M.S. Biological Science, California State University, Northridge
B.A. Biological Science, California State University, Northridge
Boxman, S.E., Nystrom, M., Ergas, S.J., Main, K.L., Trotz, M.A. (2018). Evaluation of water treatment capacity, nutrient cycling, and biomass production in a marine aquaponic system. Ecol. Eng., 120, 299-310. doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2018.06.003
He, Q., Zhang, D., Main, K., Feng, C., Ergas, S.J. (2018). Biological denitrification in marine aquaculture systems: A multiple electron donor microcosm study. Bioresour. Technol., 263, 340-349. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2018.05.018
Main, K., Wetzel, D.L., Grams, R., Nystrom, M.J., Niebuhr, K., Lewis, J. 2018. Utilizing Recirculating Aquaculture Systems to Evaluate the Impact of Oil Toxicity on Marine Fishes: Design and Operation of a Large-Scale Experimental System. Marine Technology Society Journal. 52(6), 23-31. doi: https://doi.org/10.4031/MTSJ.52.6.2
Yanes-Roca, C., Toledo-Cuevas, ME., Sanchez, LJ., Born-Torrijos, A., Rhody, N., Main, K.L. (2018). Digestive Enzyme Activity during Larval Development of Black Snook, Centropomus nigrescens. J. World Aquacult. Soc., 49(3), 612-624. doi:10.1111/jwas.12466
Rhody, N.R., C. Puchulutegui, J.B. Taggart, K.L. Main, H. Migaud. (2014). Parental contribution and spawning performance in captive common snook Centropomus undecimalis broodstock. Aquaculture 432, 144-153.
Yanes-Roca, C. and K.L. Main (2011) Improving larval culture and rearing techniques on common snook (Centropomus undecimalis). Aquaculture. Published by Intech, Croatia.
Rhody, N.R., N.A. Nassif, K.L. Main. (2010). Effects of salinity on growth and survival of common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) larvae. Aquaculture Research 41: e357-e360.
Main, K.L., M. Resley, N. Rhody, M. Nystrom, T. Stevens and C. Adams. 2010. An overview of Florida Pompano research at Mote Aquaculture Research Park. Abstract – Aquaculture 2010, San Diego, California.
Nystrom, M., K.L. Main and T. Losordo. (2010) Development and evaluation of a zero-discharge fingerling production system to produce red drum Sciaenops ocellatus for stock enhancement. Abstract - Aquaculture 2010, San Diego, California.
Wittenrich, M.L., N.R. Rhody, R.G. Turingan, K.L. Main. 2009. Coupling osteological development of the feeding apparatus with feeding performance in larvae of common snook, Centropomus undecimalis: identifying morphological constraints to feeding. Aquaculture 294: 221-227.
Yanes-Roca, C., N. Rhody, M. Nystrom, K.L. Main. 2009. Effects of fatty acid composition and spawning season patterns on egg quality and larval survival in common snook (Centropomus undecimalis). Aquaculture 287 (3-4): 335-340.
Main, K.L., C. Yanes-Roca, N. Rhody. 2009. Status and challenges in larval rearing and fingerling aquaculture of Common Snook (Centropomus undecimalis) in Florida. Abstract - Second International Symposium on the Biology and Culture of Snooks. Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico.
Resley, M., K.L. Main, J. Stubblefield. 2009. An overview of Common Snook (Centropomus undecimalis) broodstock maturation and spawning research in Florida. Abstract - SecondInternational Symposium on the Biology and Culture of Snooks. Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico.
M.J. Resley, N. Rhody, K. Main. 2009. Assessment of Growth And Survival on Larval Common Snook, Centropomus Undecimalis, Fed Rotifers Enriched with Arachidonic Acid. Abstract - Aquaculture America 2009, Seattle, Washington.
Main, K.L., M. Nystrom, and T. Losordo. 2008. Performance evaluation of an intensive recirculating aquaculture system for production of juvenile red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus). Abstract - Aquaculture America 2008, Orlando, Florida.
Hamlin, H.J., B.C. Moore, T.M. Edwards, I.L.V. Larkin, A. Boggs, W.J. High, K.L. Main, L.J. Guillette. 2008. Nitrate-induced elevations in circulating sex steroid concentrations in female Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baeri) in commercial aquaculture. Aquaculture 281:118-125.
Hamlin, H.J., J.T. Michaels, C.M. Beaulaton, W.F. Graham, W.Dutt, P. Steinbach, T.M. Losordo, K.K. Schrader, K.L. Main. 2008. Comparing denitrification rates and carbon sources in commercial scale upflow denitrification biological filters in aquaculture. Aquacultural Engineering 38: 79-92.
Hamlin, H.J., T.M. Edwards, B.C. Moore, K.L. Main, L.J. Guillette. 2007. Stress and its relation to endocrine function in Captive female Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baeri). Environmental Sciences 14(3): 129-139.
Main, K.L., N. Rhody, M. Nystrom, M. Resley. 2007. Species Profile – Florida Pompano. Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC), No. 7206. September 6pp.
Mote Eminent Scholar Chair in Fisheries and Aquaculture - June 2013 – present
President, World Aquaculture Society – 2012 – 2013
Chair of the Tampa Bay Regional Business Plan's Marine and Environmental Activities Sector, Tampa Bay Partnership Program – 2011 – present.
Recipient of the Eugenie Clark Scientific Explorers Award – October 2008
Secretary-Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of The Snook Foundation– 2001-2009
Vice-President, Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors, World Aquaculture Society – 1996-2004
Secretary-Treasurer, U.S. Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society - 1992-1993
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