On Wednesday, November 4th, the ARC hosted a visit from State Representative Arnold Simpson, of House District 65 in Northern Kentucky. Representative Simpson toured the pond facilities, the Aquaculture Production Technologies building, and the Aquaculture Genetics lab before moving on to tour the Rosenwald Center and Extension Building.
Mr. Ken Thompson Hired as New Research and Extension Associate for AFE
Mr. Ken Thompson, previous Co-Investigator for the Division of Aquaculture, was recently hired as the new Research and Extension Associate for AFE. As the AFE Educator, Mr. Thompson will develop, conduct, and deliver educational programs throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The educator will also identify prospective students, assess their educational needs and explain the benefits and objectives of the programs offered by the College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems (CAFSSS) at Kentucky State University. Congratulations Ken!
Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Visits Aquaculture Research Center
Juan Pena, Human Rights Specialist with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in Louisville, KY visited KSU Aquaculture and was given a tour by Dr. Bob Durborow. Mr. Pena helps KSU to recruit Hispanic students. Pictured with Mr. Pena and Dr. Durborow are Aquaculture graduate students Fred Gonzalez, Kristy Wheeler, and Lesley Sneed.
Hybrid Striped Bass Harvested From Winchester Water Treatment Plant
On October 26 & 27, Dr. Ray's research assistants, Elizabeth Gamez, Dakota Raab, Thomas Tierney, Paul Auberry and Adam Cecil completed the live harvest of the hybrid striped bass at the Winchester Water Treatment Plant. The bass had spent the growout phase at the WWTP since being stocked as fingerlings in June 2013, and are now recovering from their long haul in ponds at the ARC. Tissue samples taken a week prior will be analyzed for metals and contaminants of emerging concern, notably endocrine disrupting chemicals commonly associated with water treatment plants, and compared against fingerling and yearling tissue samples for presence and accumulation of these contaminants. This research will support the reclaimed water aquaculture concept, in which de-commissioned water treatment plants are repurposed for aquaculture growout. Once the hybrid striped bass have recovered to full health, Dr. Ken Semmens will direct them towards hauling and stress research.