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Workshop shows financial potential of aquaculture

Published: 07/29/14 5:15PM
By: booner

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Dr. Patricia Duncan, director of the Georgia Center of Aquaculture Development at Fort Valley State University, discusses filtration systems with Andy Anderson of Bluffton at FVSU’s aquaculture greenhouse July 17.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in 2012, Americans consumed an average of 14.4 pounds of seafood. The high demand for seafood in the U.S. suggests that aquaculture may be an avenue for people to generate more income.

To assist people interested in aquaculture, the Georgia Center for Aquaculture Development (GCAD) at Fort Valley State University served as the site for the “Introduction to Small Scale Recirculating Aquaculture Systems” workshop July 17. More than 75 people attended the workshop held at FVSU’s Agricultural Technology Conference Center (ATCC).

Dr. Patricia Duncan, director of the GCAD, said the workshops, which is part of FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program, plays a vital role in assisting beginning and established aquaculture entrepreneurs.

Speakers at the workshop covered a variety of topics which included tilapia production and recirculating aquaculture systems.

Levina Bergen, a native of Cairo, was one of the workshop attendees. She said she learned more about the use of filtration systems and plans to upgrade the one she is using from the information she received. Bergen said she will attend more workshops in the future. “I can get more ideas about what I can do and perhaps help other people as well.”

In addition to presentations, workshop attendees toured the FVSU greenhouses with recirculating aquaculture systems. For more information about future workshops, contact Duncan at 478-283-2012, 478-825-6335 or duncanp@fvsu.edu.