Introduction to The PAES W.A.T.E.R. Team
Published on Jan 23, 2018
P.A.E.S. WATER Manager, Brian Catanzaro helps with the December 2016 Tilapia harvest, lifting 40-pound baskets of live tilapia onto the live haul truck.

One of the Pentair AES goals for 2018 is to broaden awareness of all that is involved in running a working fish farm. PAES W.A.T.E.R. (World Aquaculture Technology, Engineering, and Research Center) is a climate-controlled facility for demonstration and testing of Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems' innovative design methods, technologies and equipment, as well as standardized procedures for Recirculating Aquaculture (RAS).

This facility is used to showcase Pentair's aquaculture expertise and proven technologies, in addition to showcasing technologies from third party suppliers. Energy efficient producers are utilized throughout the facility wherever possible, including LED lighting and pumps featuring variable frequency drives. Process oxygen is generated on-site through the innovative PCI Oxygen Generator.

Now in its third year of operation, the facility has seen great success in its commitment to sustainability and research to further improve the aquaculture community as a whole, successfully demonstrating various RAS techniques, developing standard operating procedures for RAS and aquaponics systems, and hosting several educational and hands on workshops. Each falling perfectly into place with the Pentair initiative to expand the knowledge of the public on the good that well-run fish farms provide to for both the present and future. Get to know a few of the PAES W.A.T.E.R. team leading the way:

Brian Catanzaro

Brian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Technical Studies from Ohio University and and Associate's Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Hocking College. He has been heavily involved with the aquaculture and lake management industries for over two decades. His experience includes fish hatchery management, recirculating aquaculture system design, water quality monitoring and control, and developing lake management plans.

Caroline Capobianco

Caroline received her B.S. in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL and her M.Sc. in Marine Biology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She has a diverse background in coral, fish, aquatic plants, and algae. Her current focus is water quality and fish production of the PAES W.AT.E.R. facility.

Melyna Silva

Melyna received her M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of The South Pacific, Fiji Islands and a B.S. in Biology from the National University of the Peruvian Amazon. She has additional practical and research experience in the reproductive biology, induced fish spawning and pond-management of native Amazon basin fish species. She has also conducted research in water pollution from aquaculture and other industries effluents in the South Pacific.

Jim Wheat

Jim has a BSBA degree from the University of Florida. He has over 11 years of extensive RAS installation and system maintenance experience for systems all over the world. Currently, he maintains and updates the equipment at the PAES W.A.T.E.R. facility.