Enabling people to improve their lives through an educational process that uses scientific knowledge focused on aquaculture issues and aquatic resource needs.
Educating small, limited resource farmers to raise aquaculture products (channel catfish, tilapia, rainbow trout, hybrid striped bass and freshwater shrimp) in ponds, cages and greenhouses to diversify their operations to earn supplemental income.
Providing preventive measures, diagnosing farmers’ fish disease problems, and teaching them to recognize and manage outbreaks to minimize losses and increase profits.
Exposing rural and urban students to career opportunities, and increasing minority participation in the agricultural sciences whereby students gain practical experience, develop entrepreneurial skills and expand their environmental awareness.
Assisting with extension pond demonstrations and educational programs.
Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Aquaculture program is part of the USDA funded Southern Regional Aquaculture Center. To download their fact sheets and view other material specifically for the USDA Southern Region, visit their website at http://srac.msstate.edu/.
DR. DAVID CROSBY
Aquaculture- Fish Health
Extension Specialist, Fish Health
DR. LOUIS LANDSMAN
Aquaculture Agent, Southside Aquaculture Development