Our Team


Dr. Daniel Benetti

Professor and Director of Aquaculture, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

University of Miami, RSMAS, U.S.: Ph.D., Marine Biology and Fisheries, 1987-92
University of Stirling, Scotland: M.Sc., Aquaculture and Fishery Management, 1984-85
University of Rio Grande, Brazil: B.Sc., Biological Oceanography, 1974-78

Over twenty-five years experience in marine fish aquaculture worldwide, with emphasis on hatchery (maturation, spawning, larval rearing and nursery) and growout in cages.

Present: Professor, Director of Aquaculture, MAF Division, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. Conducting research, R&D projects and teaching three graduate level aquaculture courses. Advisor of research associates, assistants, and graduate students. Research focuses on advanced technology of marine fish hatchery and offshore growout. Expertise in marine fish aquaculture, including science and technology, R&D, environmental, economic and management aspects of project development.

2004-2009: Chairman of Marine Affairs and Policy at RSMAS-UM.

1996-1998: Research Scientist, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Aquaculture Div.

1994-1996: Consultant for private and government sectors (several projects in the U.S., Latin America, Australia, Europe, Asia, Caribbean and the middle-east). References available upon request.

1992-1994: Director, Mariculture Project, jointly sponsored by the government and private sector to foster aquaculture development in Ecuador, South America.

Selected Publications:
(Selected last 3 years only; over 100 articles published)

Partridge, G., Benetti, D. D., Stieglitz, J. ,Margulies, D., Scholey, V. 2011. The effect of extended photo-period (24L) on growth and survival of pre-flexion yellow fin tuna (Thunnus albacares) larvae. Aquaculture, 2011, doi 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2011.05.039

Stieglitz, J., D.D. Benetti, R. Hoenig, A. Welch, S. Miralao, and B. Sardemberg 2011. Volitional year-round spawning of cobia (Rachycentron canadum) in recirculating systems. Aquaculture Research, 2011, 1-10; doi 10.1111/j.1365-2109.2011.02961.x

Zink, I., D. D. Benetti, P. Douillet, D. Margulies and V.P. Scholey 2011. Improvement of water chemistry with Bacillus probiotics inclusion during simulated transport of yellow fin tuna (Thunnus albacares) yolk sac larvae. North American Journal of Aquaculture 73: 42-48.

Benetti, D.D., B. O'Hanlon, J.A. Rivera, A.W. Welch, C. Maxey and M.R. Orhun 2010. Growth rates of cobia (Rachycentron canadum) in open ocean cages in the Caribbean. Aquaculture 302: 195-201

Benetti, D.D. and A. Welsh 2010. Advances in open ocean aquaculture technology and the future of seafood production. The Journal of Ocean Technology (5)2: 1-14

Benetti, D.D., G.I. Benetti, J.A. Rivera, B. Sardenberg and B. O'Hanlon 2010. Site selection criteria for open ocean aquaculture. Marine Technology Society Journal 44(3): 22-35

Welsh, A., R. Hoenig, J. Stieglitz, D. D. Benetti, A. Tacon, N. Sims, and B. O'Hanlon 2010. From fishing to the sustainable farming of carnivorous marine finfish. Reviews in Fisheries Science 18(3): 235-247Benetti, D.D., J. D. Stieglitz, R. H. Hoenig, A. W. Welch, P. B. Brown, B. Sardenberg and S. Miralao. 2009. Developments in black fin tuna Thunnus atlanticus aquaculture. Pages 12-14 in: Proc. 2nd Global Center of Excellence Program Tuna Symposium of Kinki University. ISBN 978 1 74256 021 2. Adelaide, Australia, Dec. 1-3 2009: 92 pp.