We Know Aquaculture
AmeriCulture has been producing North America’s highest performing Nile tilapia fingerlings since 1995, supplying many of the premier industrial scale farms in the United States, Canada, and abroad. We also supply multitudes of domestic "back yard" and academic aquaculture and aquaponics producers. Our proprietary Nile tilapia strains are unequaled with respect to growth, uniformity and health.
Tilapia made its first widespread appearance in the US marketplace in 1992, just three years prior to our founding. Despite the fact that the fledgling US tilapia industry had never encountered a disease free fingerling source, our founders believed in disease prevention instead of adapting to chronic disease . We have since watched every large farm who didn't embrace this philosophy go out of business. In their place, there has arisen more discriminating growers that understand the importance of avoiding disease altogether, rather than combating disease with medication.
North America’s premier commercial producers also demand rapid and uniform growth, needs shared by even the smallest producers. In response, AmeriCulture secured and further developed two proprietary Nile tilapia strains which have exhibited unparalleled growth rates. (Read about them here.)
Our facility is located in the high desert of New Mexico, and we use pure well water to rear fish. Our optimized production facility relies on naturally heated water from a underground geothermal aquifer, allowing us to maintain abundant, year-round fry production.
AmeriCulture’s founders hold doctoral degrees in aquaculture, veterinary medicine, and virology and have decades of experience in commercial aquaculture production, aquaponic production, and infectious animal diseases. We are glad to be able to help our customers become more effective farmers.
Co-founder and President, Damon Seawright holds a PhD in Fisheries Science (aquaculture) from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has directed AmeriCulture's operations since its founding in 1995. He is a leading expert in tilapia culture, tilapia hatchery technology, recirculating aquaculture systems, and aquaponic production. Damon's doctoral dissertation focused on nutrient mass balance and dynamics in aquaponics systems, and his research led to the granting of a US Patent relating to specialized feed development for aquaponic production systems.
Damon and Libby met as students at the University of Washington where she studied zoology as an undergraduate and a masters program in public health. Before she came to work for AmeriCulture, Libby worked in public health as a program evaluator for various health organizations in southwestern New Mexico. In 2010, Libby left public health to work for AmeriCulture full time. She now manages the operation of hatchery, customer service, and shipping. She and a dedicated team hand-grade every fish that leaves the farm.
Gary Seawright was the founding President and Chief Executive and now serves as Chairman of AmeriCulture. Gary has 32 years of experience in entrepreneurship, technology and business management, and research. Prior to AmeriCulture, Gary was the founding President and CEO of Amtech Corporation (now a division of TransCore), which develops, manufactures and markets the world’s leading line of radio-frequency identification products for the transportation industries. Amtech went from a “garage startup” to a company with over $100 million in annual sales and more than 300 employees in its Albuquerque, NM facilities. Gary holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University and MS and Ph.D. Degrees in Virology (Veterinary Science Department)/Medical Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin. He has conducted research and published papers in the fields of virology, microbial and diagnostic immunology, epidemiology, radio-telemetry, and biomedical and industrial applications of radio-frequency identification technology. Most importantly, he gave Damon his first aquaculture book when Damon was eight years old. As they say, the rest is history.