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Upcoming workshop teaches residents how to raise fish

Date Published: 07/09/14 5:08PM

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The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) predict the demand for seafood will increase by 70 percent over the next 30 years. This strain on natural fisheries could mean that more aquaculture operations will be needed to increase production.

To help people interested in aquaculture production, on Thursday July 17, from 1-5 p.m., Dr. Patricia Duncan, director of the Georgia Center for Aquaculture Development at Fort Valley State University, will conduct an aquaculture workshop. The workshop called, “Introduction to Small Scale Recirculating Aquaculture Systems” will be held at the Agricultural Technology Conference Center located at 46 Camp John Hope Road in Fort Valley. Participation is open to the public with a cost of $5.

Small scale recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) allow the production of aquaculture products such as fish in small spaces with limited water resources.

Scheduled workshop speakers include Dr. Gary Burtle, aquaculture specialist for the University of Georgia-Tifton, John Martin, project manager of Farmers Catch in Valdosta and Duncan. Speakers will make presentations on topics such as commercial tilapia production, bluegill culture in RAS and RAS design and management.

In addition to presentations, tours of FVSU greenhouses with RAS, aquaponic systems and tilapia are scheduled. For more information about the workshop, contact Duncan at 478-283-2012, 478-825-6335 or duncanp@fvsu.edu.