Global Center for Aquatic Food Security

Seafood is an important component of global food security and it is the most highly traded food internationally. In many developing nations, fish is the most important protein source in the diet. Aquaculture already accounts for half of the world's fish production and growth of aquaculture is critical to meeting the world's future needs for seafood and overall food security. Mississippi State University's (MSU) Global Center for Aquatic Food Security aims to address the challenges facing aquaculture and find solutions to meeting the world's food security needs to ensure a safe supply of seafood.

MSU and the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed a memorandum of understanding in January 2014 that expanded a 2010 agreement for collaborations addressing aquatic animal health, disease prevention, and emergency diagnostics. The agreement also recognizes MSU as a Center for Knowledge for Aquatic Health.

Global Center for Aquatic Food Security Areas of Expertise

  • Warm Water Aquaculture
  • Fish Health and Diagnostics
  • Water Quality
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology and Vaccinology
  • Toxicology / Pharmacology
  • Hatchery Management
  • SPF Fish Maintenance
  • Food Processing Preservation and Safety
  • Biosecurity
  • Population Medicine, Risk Analysis and Surveillance
  • Regulatory Medicine / Policy
  • One Health

Contact Information

Mark L. Lawrence, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU. His primary areas of expertise are bacterial pathogenesis, aquatic animal health, and molecular microbiology. Dr. Lawrence's research has appeared in the Journal of Proteomics, the Journal of Bacteriology, Vaccine, and Journal of Applied Microbiology. Email Dr. Lawrence at