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Dr. James Tidwell Received A Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. James Tidwell received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Aquaculture 2019 Triennial meeting held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Triennial meeting is the largest aquaculture conference and trade show in the world with nearly 4,000 attendees from more than 90 countries.


Dr. Tidwell started his career at Kentucky State University on August 1, 1987. He was instrumental in starting the Aquaculture Graduate Program in 1999 and making the program one of the top-five aquaculture programs in the United States.

His leadership and knowledge have helped the growth of aquaculture in Kentucky, the United States and beyond. Congratulations Dr. James Tidwell!

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Kasondra Miller Receives Student Travel Award

Kasondra Miller was selected for a Soy Aquaculture Alliance/ USAS Student Travel Award.

She was selected from the pool of United States Aquaculture Society student members who submitted applications for this joint award that was presented at Aquaculture 2019 in New Orleans, LA. Kasondra presented her thesis research at the World Aquaculture Society meeting in New Orleans.

Her essay and letter of support demonstrated her professional dedication to the future of aquaculture. Kasondra's major professor is Dr. Waldemar Rossi. Congratulation Kasondra!

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Gagan Kolimadu Receives The Tyson's Best Abastract Award

Gagan Kolimadu was selected for the Tyson's Best Abstract Award for Aquaculture 2019. He was selected from the pool of WAS/ USAS student members who submitted abstracts for presentation at Aquaculture 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

His abstract titled "EVALUATION OF OMEGA-3 RICH MICROALGAE AND ORGANIC TRACE MINERALS IN THE DIET OF LARGEMOUTH BASS, Micropterus salmoides L." was well written, properly formatted, and demonstrated high scientific merit. Gagan presented his research at the World Aquaculture Society meeting in New Orleans. Gagan's major professor is Dr. Waldemar Rossi.

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Dr. Andrew Ray Publishes Article in the February-March Issue of Aquaculture Magazine

"Small-Scale, Year-Round Shrimp Farming In Temperate Climates," was published by Dr. Andrew Ray and Mr. Robert Rode in this month's issue of Aquaculture Magazine.

Click Here To Read Full Article

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Washington State University's School of Food Science Center for Advanced Food Technology is Offering a Series of Online Seafood Science Courses

The Washington State University's School of Food Science Center for Advanced Food Technology is conducting a series of online seafood science courses available to the public.

Click Here For More Information

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Amit Kumar Defends His Thesis Research

Amit Kumar Yadav is the latest KSU Aquaculture Graduate Student to successfully defend his thesis. Great job Amit!

His major professor is Dr. Rossi, while Dr. Tidwell and Dr. Durborow are also on his committee.

Photo by Charles Weibel

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Mr. Shawn Coyle and Dr. Noel Novelo Present at Ivy Tech Community College

Mr. Shawn Coyle and Dr. Noel Novelo were guest lecturers invited to present information on Aquaculture, Tilapia, and research done at KSU's Aquaculture Program to agriculture students at Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond, IN. There was a high level of interaction that included discussion and questions with the students and lecturer Jerry Stamper in their "Introduction to Aquaponics" class. Agriculture is on seven campuses across the state. Ivy Tech is the largest singly accredited community college in the nation with approximately 170,000 students each year. Agriculture has about 500 students statewide. The Richmond campus has about
47 students in the program.

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The Future of Fish Farming May Be Indoors

On a projection screen in front of a packed room in a coastal Maine town, computer-animated salmon swim energetically through a massive oval tank. A narrator’s voice soothingly points out water currents that promote fish exercise and ideal meat texture, along with vertical mesh screens that “optimize fish densities and tank volume.” The screens also make dead fish easy to remove, the narrator cheerily adds.

The video is part of a pitch made earlier this year for an ambitious $500-million salmon farm that Norway-based firm, Nordic Aquafarms, plans to build in Belfast, Maine, complete with what Nordic says will be among the world’s largest aquaculture tanks. It is one of a handful of projects in the works by companies hoping these highly mechanized systems will change the face fish farming—by moving it indoors.

Click link below for full article:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-future-of-fish-farming-may-be-indoors/

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Josh Dusci Harvests Bibb Lettuce to Collect Data on His Thesis Research

 

Today was the first official harvest (1 of 2) of Josh Dusci's Thesis research. The research involves evaluating the impacts of freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) within hydroponic troughs of an aquaponics system. Specifically, evaluating the effects of the freshwater prawn on Bibb lettuce plant growth, water quality, and solids accumulation within the troughs.


Preliminary research conducted in 2018 led to the conclusion that root protection is required to prevent prawn from foraging on plant roots which significantly decreases plant growth. Louvers (grid design ¾") were used to collectively protect the roots. The next data collection period will occur from 03/02/19 thru 03/26/19 which will conclude Josh Dusci's Thesis data collection on this project.

Photos by Charles Weibel

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Kentucky Is King Of American Caviar

 

Click the link below for article:

http://wbkr.com/kentucky-is-king-of-american-caviar/?fbclid=IwAR2EAL9zoSLMqRfrfC8AmHXBasqYq0IxH201DKmGKuAISbGBMTeGfZiXQmc

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U.S. Seafood Consumption Reflective of Aquaculture's Growth in 2017

U.S. per capita seafood consumption increased by 1.1 pounds to 16 pounds in 2017, reaching the 16-pound mark for the first time in almost 10 years, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced recently in its “2018 Fisheries of the United States” report.

The 1.1-pound increase in consumption is due partly to the growth of responsible aquaculture, which has allowed for global seafood production to continue to grow. According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, aquaculture now represents more than half (53 percent) of global human seafood consumption, with global seafood production reaching a peak of 171 million metric tons in 2016. “With capture fishery production relatively static since the late 1980s, aquaculture has been responsible for the continuing impressive growth in the supply of fish for human consumption,” said the UN in its recently released “2016 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” report.

Click the link below for full article:

https://www.aquaculturealliance.org/blog/2017-us-seafood-consumption/?fbclid=IwAR1j59hDC_Ox4zlFTBBNejNSmJFRrZhAe5G8YLwu7K2YEmd5FU7Sax1dHDQ

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Graduate Assistanceships for Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences

A limited number of graduate research assistantships are available for qualified, full-time, thesis-track Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences students. Assistantships are typically funded through grants from state and federal agencies and are awarded only after a student has been academically accepted into the program. Additionally, a student should be able to verify that academic aid is essential to engage in graduate studies and that they are academically deserving. Academic acceptance does not guarantee an assistantship will be available. Students granted graduate assistantships are required to assist with activities relevant to the grant objectives for 20 hours per week while attending classes and full-time during the summer term. Compensation package includes a competitive stipend, opportunities to travel to and present research at professional meetings, and engage in a range of hands-on learning opportunities. Research areas include:  Production Systems, Extension Activities, Recirculating Systems, Aquatic Diseases, Aquaponics, Nutrition, Genetics, Economics, and Marketing

You can find out much of what you need to know about our research and academic programs by visiting our website at:
http://www.ksuaquaculture.org/

Application procedures for graduate studies and required forms are available at:
http://kysu.edu/academ…/graduate-studies/graduate-admission/

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Off The Hook Sustainable Seafood Dinner

On February 10, 2019, the Newport Aquarium partnered with the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program and the WAVE Foundation to host the 3rd annual "Off the Hook" sustainable seafood dinner. The event highlighted the importance of sustainability, conservation, and aquaculture as a means of providing high-quality seafood here in the United States. The event hosted over 20 local and national chefs who cooked up some savory seafood dishes while educating guests with how we should choose seafood that's fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean. KSU's division of aquaculture donated 25 lbs. of marine shrimp along with a variety of leafy greens for the event, and Tom Tierney attended the dinner to answer questions about KSU's program and Kentucky aquaculture. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Edible Ohio Valley Foundation, the Ohio River Valley Chefs Collaborative Local Group, Chefs Collaborative, La Soupe, and the WAVE Foundation. A good time was had by all, and KSU's aquaculture program hopes it can contribute again at future events.

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Aquaponics Field Day

Kentucky State University staff participated in an aquaponics field day at Uspiritus School in Louisville, KY. Upsiritus is a residence for children middle school to high school age that are in foster care. Stephen Lewis, a KSU Horticulture Extension Agent in Jefferson County, spearheaded the aquaponics field day as a way to introduce innovative agriculture practices through handson education in their on-site greenhouse. Stephen installed a home aquaponics system at the school that he built through participating in the "Build Your Own Aquaponics System" Workshop hosted by KSU in July 2018. Students learned the principles of aquaponics, got to put together a demonstration system (complete with fish and plants), practiced doing water quality, and learned about different aquaculture species raised in KY. Teachers and students hope that aquaponics can be a valuable tool to accomplish their mission of providing therapeutic foster care to Louisville youth. Janelle Hager, Ken Thompson, and Garrett Hamilton from KSU's Aquaculture Research Center assisted with field day activities.

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Urban Organics Wants to Fix Food

Inside a repurposed Twin Cities brewery, a massive aquaponics operation is ready to provide a locavore's dream: fresh produce and fish, raised indoors every month of the year.

Click the link below for full article:

https://www.outsideonline.com/2389106/urban-organics-fix-food

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Seafood Lovers' Paradox: Eating Fish is Healthy, but Overfishing is a Problem

For many people, the environmental impact of overfishing is a major concern. Is it possible to eat more fish and seafood sustainably?

Click the link for full article:

https://www.seattletimes.com/life/wellness/its-time-to-think-differently-about-farmed-fish/

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Aquaculture Makes Salmon a "Winning Protein" - SeaWestNews

Aquaculture has made salmon one of the world’s most popular seafood products contributing to the fish’s status as a “winning protein” around the world, says a new report from Rabobank.

But the industry needs to reposition farmed salmon from being a “luxury” food item to being the leading healthy, sustainable and affordable protein for sustained growth, said the report entitled “Keeping Salmon on the Top of the Menu”.

Click the link for the full article:

https://www.seawestnews.com/aquaculture-makes-salmon-a-winning-protein%EF%BB%BF/

 

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Largemouth Bass Aquaculture Book Will Be Available Soon!

Dr. James Tidwell, Shawn Coyle and Leigh Anne Bright teamed up on "Largemouth Bass Aquaculture" that will be publish in the near future. The fishsite.com features a new book on Largemouth bass on their website.

Follow the link for more information:

https://thefishsite.com/articles/aquaculture-books-to-look-out-for-in-2019

 

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Dr. Andrew Ray, Leo Fleckenstein, and Thomas Tierney Publish Paper in the Journal Aquaculture

The Ray Lab published a new paper in the Journal Aquaculture, with Leo Fleckenstein as the lead author. The paper describes a study that examined the effects of LED lights on recirculating shrimp aquaculture systems. The team found that shrimp grew significantly faster when systems were exposed to 24 hours of light per day.

Click Here For Full Journal Article

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Western Hills Student Assessing the Concentrations of Micro-Plastics in Kentucky River

Western Hills junior, Carley Bishop has been working with Shawn Coyle and Chelsea Walling on a project assessing the concentration of micro-plastics within the Frankfort pool of the Kentucky River. Water samples were collected on January 28, 2019. They will be filtered and examined under a microscope to determine if micro-plastics are present.


Micro-plastics can come from cosmetics, textiles, or degradation of larger plastic pollution fragments. These micro-plastics pollute the environment, clog wastewater treatment facilities and can accumulate in the digestive tract of organisms causing detrimental effects. Carley's father Keenan, a former KSU employee and now an Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent in Franklin County and Garrett Hamilton also assisted while Paul Auberry was the boat captain.

Photo by Charles Weibel

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Global Garden: How One Man's Vision To Feed His Family Blossomed Into An International Effort

Nine years ago, Dennis McClung had a rundown swimming pool and an ambitious goal — to plant a garden that would provide a self-sustaining food system for his family.

McClung and his wife transformed the empty cement pit behind their home in Mesa, Arizona, into a closed-loop ecosystem teeming with life, from vegetables to chickens, even a pond with tilapia. The innovative urban farm was soon producing enough food to feed the couple and their three young children, cutting their monthly grocery bill by almost half.

But what McClung accomplished after that is even more remarkable.

Click the link below for the full article:

https://news.microsoft.com/features/global-garden-how-one-mans-vision-to-feed-his-family-blossomed-into-an-international-effort/?ocid=lock

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Fish Farm Fuels First Commercial Flight

The world’s first commercial flight using a sustainable biofuel originating from a fish farm has been confirmed by the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC).

A non-profit entity established by Masdar Institute (part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology), SBRC said the Etihad Airways Boeing 787 flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam marked a major milestone in the development of a clean, alternative aviation fuel to reduce carbon emissions. It also highlighted that the initiative addresses food security in the United Arab Emirates, with seafood farming providing a core element of the process.

The SBRC partners have been working together to prove the concept of a comprehensive value chain that is centered around the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS). This is an industrial platform that supports the aviation sector, the oil and gas industry, food production, and the creation of a new agricultural alternative in the United Arab Emirates.

Click the link for full article:

https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/aquaculture/fish-farm-fuels-first-commercial-flight

 

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Brittany Woodward Successfully Defends Her Master's Thesis

Ms. Brittany Woodward is Kentucky State University's Aquaculture Research Center's latest graduate student to successfully defend her Masters' Thesis. Brittany's thesis is titled "DETERMINING THE DIETARY LYSINE REQUIREMENT OF JUVENILE LARGEMOUTH BASS, Micropterus salmoides." Her Thesis Committee consists of Major Professor Dr. Waldemar Rossi, Dr. James Tidwell, and Dr. Kenneth Semmens.

Photo by Charles Weibel

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Richard Hulefeld Defends His Master's Thesis

Mr. Richard Hulefeld has done it! He defended his thesis and now has his Masters in Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences. The title of Rick's thesis is "Nutritional Evaluation of an Improved Soybean Meal to Replace Fishmeal in the Diet of Pacific White Shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei." Rick's Thesis Committee consists of Major Professor Dr. Waldemar Rossi, Dr. James Tidwell, and Dr. Kenneth Semmens.

Photo by Charles Weibel

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Thomas "Cary" Mason Defends His Master's Thesis

Mr. Thomas (Cary) Mason successfully defended his Thesis on December 6, 2018. The title of Cary's thesis is "Evaluation of Salt Treatments for Holding Largemouth Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass as Live Fish." Cary's thesis committee consisted of major professor Dr. Kenneth Semmens, Dr. Waldemar Rossi Jr., Dr. Boris Gomelsky, and Dr. Bob Durborow.

Photo by Charles Weibel

 

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Dr. Jim Tidwell Discusses the Role Aquaculture Will Play in the Future on Global Connection Television

Dr. Jim Tidwell, Kentucky State University's Division of Aquaculture Chair, discusses the role that aquaculture will play in the future in providing food supplies, given that the oceans are overfished and the population is expanding dramatically. October 27, 2018

Click the link below to view the interview!

http://globalconnectionstelevision.com/video-gallery/2018/11/12/dr-jim-tidwell?fbclid=IwAR2GJ-QZpfhez8FLH9DsU0uGTRHuIp2HFibNplftUEW6g_mJqQI1yo8QHn0



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Presentations (Video and pdf.) from the Indoor Shrimp Farming Workshop held on September 14-15, 2018 for Download

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Below are video and pdf. presentations from the September Indoor Shrimp Farming Workshop held at Kentucky State University. These presentations are available for download. Audio versions of the presentations are linked to our YouTube channel. The links for each presentation are listed below their title and the link listed below goes to the main Kentucky State Universtity Aquaculture YouTube channel. All Indoor Shrimp Farming Workshop Audio presentation can be found by selecting the playlist.

Kentucky State University Aquaculture YouTube Channel

"Small Farmers Opportunities for Direct Marketing to Consumers & Retailers in Kentucky" - Angela Caporelli

Click Here For Audio Presentation: Angela Caporelli

"Biosecurity & Health in US Indoor Shrimp Farming" - Arun K. Dhar, Ph.D.

Click Here For Audio Presentation: Arun K. Dhar, Ph.D.

"Perspectives on Intensive, Marine Shrimp Production Using Minimal-Exchange Indoor Systems" - Douglas H. Ernst, Ph.D.

Click Here For Audio Presentation: Douglas H. Ernst, Ph.D.

"U.S. Perspectives on Postlarval Quality and Availability" - Eduardo Figueras & Lorenzo Juarez

Click Here For Audio Presentation: Eduardo Figueras & Lorenzo Juarez

"U.S. Shrimp Aquaculture in Global Perspective" - Darryl E. Jory

Click Here For Audio Presentation: Darryl E. Jory

"System Engineering and Facilities Design" - Ron Malone, Ph.D.

Click Here For Audio Presentation: Ron Malone, Ph.D.

"Indoor Shrimp Production: Economics & Marketing" - Kwamena Quagrainie, Ph.D.

Click Here For Audio Presentation: Kwamena Quagrainie, Ph.D.

"Introduction to Indoor Shrimp Farming and KSU Aquaculture" - Andrew Ray, Ph.D.

Click Here For Audio Presentation: Andrew Ray, Ph.D.

"Mineral Balance and Shrimp Performance" - Luke A. Roy, D. Allen Davis, and G.A.H.S. Chathuranga

Click Here For Audio Presentation: Luke A. Roy, D. Allen Davis, and G.A.H.S. Chathuranga

"Management of Indoor Shrimp Culture in Biofloc Base Systems" - Tzachi M. Samocha

Click Here For Audio Presentation: Tzachi M. Samocha

"European Shrimp RAS Systems and Management Strategies" - Bert Wecker

Click Here For Audio Presentation: Bert Wecker

"Practical Experiences in Marketing Shrimp in the US" - Robin Pearl

Click Here For Audio Presentation: Robin Pearl

"Optimizing Feed Programs for Profitability" - Craig L. Browdy

Click Here For Audio Presentation: Craig L. Browdy

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Dr. Andrew Ray and Mr. Leo Fleckenstein Help Co-Author Publication

This paper examined two methods of stunning in three model crustaceans. Stunning is used to reduce sensory perception prior to euthanizing animals. This is especially important in places such as Europe where some markets require that animals are electrocuted prior to slaughter to prevent pain in the animal. However, this paper found that electrocution only paralyzed the three species (blue crab, red swamp crayfish, and Pacific white shrimp); the heart rate was decreased temporarily, then increased but was irregular. Immersion in an ice slurry below 4 degrees C resulted in sedation within seconds for shrimp and crayfish, but not crabs. The ice slurry stopped the shrimp heart the quickest, indicating that an ice slurry may be the most humane method of stunning these animals.

Click Here For Full Publication

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Dr. Andrew Ray and Leo Fleckenstein Help Co-Author Publication

Click Here For Full Journal Article

 

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Team Ray Publishes Two Part Series in the Journal of Aquaculture Engineering

Tom Tierney and Leo Fleckenstein published a two part series in the Journal of Aquacultual Engineering. Both papers looked at the effect of various RAS filtration systems on water quality and animal production metrics. Tom's paper examined those effects on shrimp and included a survey of stable isotope dynamics among the animals, while Leo's paper examined the impacts of the filtration techniques on juvenile tilapia. Both papers explore ways that farmers can produce fresh seafood year-round without much water use, thereby helping to facilitate sustainable food production.

Click Here For Full Journal Publication

Click Here For Full Journal Publication

 

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The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

'The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018' is the title of a report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which found that "... global fish production will continue to expand over the next decade even though the amount of fish being captured in the wild has leveled off and aquaculture's previously explosive growth is now slowing ... [The] report projects that by 2030 combined production from capture fisheries and aquaculture will grow to 201 million tonnes ... That's an 18 percent increase over the current production level of 171 million tonnes ... In 2016, production from aquaculture reached 80 million tonnes, ... providing 53 percent of all fish consumed by humans as food ... Some 59.9 percent of the major commercial fish species that FAO monitors are now being fished at biologically sustainable levels, while 33.1 percent are being fished at biologically unsustainable levels ... The other 7 percent are underfished ..."

The title of the July 9, 2018 FAO News Article is "Is the planet approaching "peak fish"? Not so fast, study says; Significant production increases foreseen over coming decade - Sector faces major challenges"

July 9, 2018 FAO News Article

Web site: The July 9, 2018 FAO News Article is posted at

http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1144274/icode/

FAO's "The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018" report is available at

http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/I9540EN

* Specifically at
http://www.fao.org/3/i9540EN/i9540en.pdf

* An Executive Summary is posted at

http://www.fao.org/3/ca0191en/CA0191EN.pdf

Information about the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department is available at

http://www.fao.org/fishery/en

Contacts with the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department are listed at

http://www.fao.org/fishery/about/organigram/en#Org-Contacts

 

 

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Kentucky State University's Aquaculture Program Featured on KET's Kentucky Life

 

 

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Kentucky State University Students, Researchers Bring Shrimp From The Blue Sea To The Bluegrass

WDRB 41 Louisville News 

Click the Link Below to Read the Full Article by Jessica Bard

http://www.wdrb.com/story/36864568/kentucky-state-university-students-researchers-bring-shrimp-from-the-blue-sea-to-the-bluegrass

 

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U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish Publications Available for Education and Promotion

U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish Publications
Available for Education and Promotion
The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) has developed a variety of fact-based, high-quality, full-color and reader-friendly brochures. These publications communicate to consumers, buyers, chefs or health care professionals the quality, value and wholesomeness of U.S. farm-raised fish and shellfish as well as the federal and state regulations that govern production, handling and processing.

Locally Farmed Seafood: Safe & Sustainable encourages consumers to buy locally farmed fish and shellfish for their safe, wholesome and nutritious benefits, environmental sustainability, and the positive impact on local economies.

U.S. Farm-Raised Seafood and Food Safety describes non-voluntary and voluntary federal and state food inspection and safety programs and the incredible nutritional values of farm-raised fish and shellfish.

U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish Q&A answers commonly asked water quality, sustainability, drug and chemical use, diet and food safety questions with science and regulatory facts.

U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish for a Healthier & Happier Life provides in-depth nutritional information for children, teens and adults as well as the health benefits of consuming fish and shellfish during pregnancy. The facts concerning Omega-3 fatty acids, mercury and PCBs are also presented.

United States Aquaculture: Fact & Fiction corrects erroneous perceptions concerning fishmeal, food safety, drug and chemical use, Omega-3 fatty acids, mercury, environmental effects, sustainability, PCBs, and eco-labels.

Farm-Raised in the USA is a poster 34 fish and shellfish farmed in the United States. Each species is depicted in full-color and identified by market, scientific and common name.

Each of these attractive, educational publications can be previewed at: http://thenaa.net/publications. Call or email the NAA office at 850-216-2400 or naa@thenaa.net to order copies for public or promotional events, buyer meetings, or mail-outs.

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2016 Aquaculture Webinar Series Available

The U.S. Aquaculture Society (USAS), North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) and National Aquaculture Association (NAA) produced an aquaculture webinar series during 2016 that features 14 current and timely aquaculture topics presented by knowledgeable speakers. The webinars were:

  • Aquaponics - How to do it yourself!
  • Mandatory Inspection of Fish of the Order Siluriformes
  • Labeling Requirements for Siluriformes Fish and Fish Products
  • What You Need to Know About Biosecurity
  • How to Design Your Biosecurity Plan
  • Recreational Fish Pond Management
  • The HACCP Approach to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species by Aquaculture and Baitfish Operations
  • U.S. Farm-Raised Finfish and Shellfish 101
  • Regulatory Costs of U.S. Aquaculture Businesses
  • Branding Opportunities for Oyster Farmers
  • Seafood in the Diet: Benefits and Risks - Farm-Raised and Wild
  • Use of Veterinary Feed Directive Drugs in Aquaculture
  • Social Media: An Introduction for Successful Use
  • Fish Health: What You Need to Know as an Aquaculture Producer

To access these webinars, visit http://thenaa.net via your desktop computer or mobile device and select "Webinars" from the menu.

The NAA website is packed with information. Please explore NAA's webpages to find downloadable publications, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Kids Corner, recipes, video interviews describing aquaculture sustainability and the value and benefits of seafood to human health, and a wealth of additional information. If there is a topic that is missing, please contact the NAA office at 850-216-2400 or naa@thenaa.net.

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Certificate Degree in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences

Certificate Degree in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences

In the United States over 90% of the seafood consumed is imported. Aquaculture is now the world's leading provider of seafood and the fastest growing segment of world agriculture. The Division of Aquaculture is KSU's Program of Distinction and is highly regarded in both research and academics. KSU offers more online aquaculture courses than any university in the U.S. A Certificate Degree in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences can be earned by completing 12 hrs of Aquaculture (AQU) courses, with a grade of "C" or better, within five years of beginning the initial course work. Courses can be online, classroom, or any combination. To enroll, students must first be admitted to the University on either a degree seeking or non-degree seeking basis. Work completed for the Certificate Degree may later be applied toward the Bachelor of Agriculture, Food, and Environment (AFE) degree.

Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences Certificate Program


The Certificate Degree in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences will require a minimum of 12 credit hours of course work chosen by the student from the Division of Aquaculture offerings (AQU prefix). These can either be classroom or online classes. Only classes in which students receive a "C" or better will count toward the Certificate Degree. These classes can also count toward the Aquaculture Systems option for the B.S. in Aquaculture, Food, and Environment (AFE) and/or the Aquaculture Minor should the student pursue a high degree.

Available Online Courses
To earn the Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences Certificate entirely online, you must complete four (Students choice) of the following online courses:


AQU 407: Fish Genetics

AQU 411: Fish Diseases

AQU 422: Principles of Aquaculture

AQU 427: Fish Reproduction & Spawning Techniques

AQU 451: Survey of Production Methods

AQU 452: Aquaponics

AQU 460: Water Quality Management

 

Click Here For The Full Brochure

 

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Foodchain Aquaponics

 

This video discusses aquaponics at Foodchain, a local business located in Lexington, KY.

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Constructing Fish Tanks in High Tunnel Greenhouses

 

This video was shot at the Kentucky State University High Tunnel Complex. High tunnels are relatively simple greenhouse structures commonly used to extend the growing season of crops. In this video Dr. Andrew Ray describes some large fish tanks that have been constructed with wooden frames and rubber liners. The fish tanks are being used to grow tilapia, with the goal of getting market-sized fish in one growing season in Kentucky. Time-lapse and underwater video footage help to illustrate Dr. Ray's points.

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Dr. Boris Gomelsky Publishes Video On Koi Breeding

 

 

Dr. Boris Gomelsky and KSU Aquaculture graduate students spawned koi in the hatchery this Spring. Video was recorded, edited and posted onto YouTube. This video demonstrates the process of koi artificial breeding and includes stripping of eggs and sperm from koi broodstock, and artificial fertilization of eggs. In order to remove adhesiveness, after fertilization eggs are placed in McDonald incubation jars where they are vigorously moved in water/milk suspension by air bubbles for 50-60 minutes. Then air flow is substituted with water flow for further incubation of eggs.

Video edited by Charles Weibel

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Scale-Transparency and Red-Eye Mutations in Koi

 

Dr. Boris Gomelsky, KSU Aquaculture Professor, describes two mutations in koi and demonstrates mutant fish from experimental progenies.

Video edited by Charles Weibel

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Growing Marine Shrimp in a Biofloc System

 

This video was shot during a harvest of the indoor marine shrimp production system at Kentucky State University's Aquaculture Research Center. Dr. Andrew Ray describes some of the benefits and concepts behind biofloc-based aquaculture. The video serves as an introduction to this relatively new and exciting topic which can be used to grow marine shrimp in practically any building, allowing fresh, whole, jumbo shrimp to be grown near and sold to a variety of inland markets.

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Dr. Jim Tidwell on GCTV with Bill Miller

 

Dr. Jim Tidwell, Chair of Kentucky State University's Division of Aquaculture and past-president of both the US Aquaculture Society and the World Aquaculture Society, discusses how to deal with dwindling fish supplies and overfishing.

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Aquaponics - An Integrated Fish and Plant Production System

 

 

 

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Alltech-KSU Research Alliance Focus on Aquaculture Sustainability

 

 

To learn more about aquaculture & agriculture sustainability and the research alliance between Alltech and Kentucky State University, click on the link below.

http://stories.alltech.com/sustainable-agriculture.html

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Aquaculture Online Courses

Pink Button Water Quality Management
Water chemistry as it relates to aquaculture and recreational pond management.

robert.durborow@kysu.edu
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Brown button Fish Reproduction & Spawning Techniques
This course includes recorded lectures and practical demonstration videos. Instructor: Dr. Boris Gomelsky
boris.gomelsky@kysu.edu
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Green ButtonFish Genetics
Emphasis is on practical applications in Aquaculture and Fisheries. Instructor: Dr. Boris Gomelsky boris.gomelsky@kysu.edu
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Blue ButtonPrinciples of Aquaculture
This Internet class features video lectures over PowerPoint slides. Instructor: Dr. Jim Tidwell james.tidwell@kysu.edu
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red button Fish Diseases
This course taught by Dr. Robert Durborow
robert.durborow@kysu.edu
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Yellow Button Survey of Production Methods
This Internet class features video lectures over PowerPoint slides. Instructor: Dr. Jim Tidwell james.tidwell@kysu.edu

 

 
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