Aquaculture Field Day set for Oct. 4
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host Aquaculture Field Day on Oct. 4. This year's event will feature split-pond system demonstrations and sessions on new treatments and management of aquatic weeds; the latest disease issues, new regulatory issues and more.
"The field day is an ideal time for producers to find out the results of the latest research, the most up-to-date information on new regulatory issues and to have a chance to talk informally with researchers, Extension personnel and other farmers," said Dr. Carole Engle, director of the UAPB Aquaculture/Fisheries Center of Excellence.
Registration, a trap shoot and tours will all begin at 8:30 a.m. at the UAPB Aquaculture Research Station off Oliver Road. Research and Extension demonstrations run until 11:30 a.m.
During the day's ongoing Split-Pond School, participants will learn about circulation equipment development, verification results to date and the latest cost estimates. A split pond system allows fish to be contained, fed, aerated and harvested in one section. A barrier keeps them from leaving the containment area and getting to the other side of the pond. However, water is allowed to flow out of the area. Because only the section containing fish is aerated and the area is limited in size, production may be increased and costs may be lowered using a split pond system versus a traditional pond system.
The Aquaculture Field Day tractor tour will feature a hybrid catfish study, aeromonas disease and biosecurity measures to prevent bringing disease onto fish farms. The tour will also focus on production of sterile crappie and trematode control measures. Producers will learn about getting more from the money they spend on chemical treatments and setting up a john boat for more effective treatment.
The walking tours will focus on the treatment and prevention of aquatic weeds; new techniques for de-sticking goldfish eggs, new and emerging regulatory issues for baitfish and sportfish, alternative feeds for baitfish and catfish, fish farm safety and grain price forecasts.
Field day activities will be followed by an Aquaculture Business Management and Marketing workshop from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop is being sponsored by the National Aquaculture Association and the United Soybean Board.
For more information, contact Almetris Cobbs at 870-575-8523.