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Brian Nerrie, Ph.D


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Associate Professor/Extension Specialist

Aquaculture Development

Phone: 804.524.5903

Fax: 804.524.5714 (Virginia State University)



1988-present Virginia State University (VSU), Extension Specialist, Aquaculture/Assistant Professor

2000- Present: Split Appointment (75% Extension/25% Academic); Responsible to Dean and Director, VSU Cooperative Extension, School of Agriculture; Identified Aquacultural Extension Program Needs; Developed Monthly Educational Program with On-Route Objectives to Meet Annual Extension Program Goals for Aquaculture; Trainer, Aquatic Weed Management, Recertification Program; SBIR Grant Review Panel; VDOE Aquaculture Curriculum Review Committee

Instructor, Graduate and Undergraduate Level Aquaculture Courses; Developed Specific Aquaculture Course Curriculums: Introduction to Aquaculture, Pond Management, Aquaculture Systems Design, Aquatic Weed Control, Fish Breeding and Genetics, Salmonids, Hatchery Management, Fish Processing Technology, Fish Nutrition; Limnology; Internship; Supervisor, Master Thesis Studies; Student Mentor Chair, Data Collection Subcommittee, Faculty Committee; Graduate Research Committee; Member, National Catfish Database Committee; Academic Advisor, Aquatic Science Program (10 students) 1993-present; Building Manager, 1994-2001; Appointed Interim Project Leader (1992-93); Coordinated Private Sector Aquaculture Infrastructure and Market Development; Member, Virginia Aquaculture Advisory Board Technical Committee, 1995-present; Faculty Council, 1998-2000, Vice-Chair, 1999-2000; Faculty Senate, 2002 – 2006, Assistant Secretary, 2006; Faculty Senate Vice-Chair 2007-2008

1997-1999: Appointed, Principal Investigator, Shrimp Polyculture Study

1992 - Present: Served as Member USDA Aquaculture Information and Technology Transfer Task Force (AITT); Member of AITT Committees; Electronic Information Systems, Information-Sharing and Referrals, Resource Guide to Aquaculture

1990-1994 Appointed to Virginia Agriculture Council; Responsibility: Aquatic Environment Projects

1987-1988 Auburn University, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Editor, "ICA COMMUNICAE", International Newsletter, Circulation 1400; Training Coordinator - Organized and Scheduled Short-Term Training for Peace Corps Fisheries Volunteers, 55 Trainees; Short-term International Aquaculture Development Program Evaluations: Jamaica, Rwanda

1984-1987 Auburn University, Graduate Research Assistant: Asst. Director, 16-Week Aquaculture Training Program, March-July 1980, 1985, 1986 and 1987; 10-20 International Participants per year; Conducted In-depth Survey of Catfish Farmer Production Practices over Three-Year Period

1981-1983 USAID/JAMAICA: Extension Advisor to Aquaculture Development Project; Research Associate: USAID/Govt. of Jamaica Fisheries Development Project, Extension Advisor; Institutionalized Extension Program; Sustained Productive Relationship with Counterparts; Established Manageable Project Area; Devised Goal-Oriented Strategy for Private Sector Semi-Intensive Monosex Tilapia (Tilapia nilotica) Farming Acceptance and Growth (italics for all scientific names here and below)

1977-1980 Auburn University: Graduate Research Assistant: Conducted Pond and Aquarium Growth Research on All-Male Population of Tilapia nilotica with Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) as Predator: Compared Yields and Economic Feasibility of Pelleted Manures Versus Commercial Ration; Monitored Water Quality; Conducted Bi-Weekly Growth Sampling; Completed Stomach Analysis and Taste Tests; Analyzed and Reported Results

1973-1976 U.S. Peace Corps/Philippines: Fisheries Volunteer. Republic of the Philippines (RP); U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer; Director, 15-Week Peace Corps/Philippines Fisheries Orientation and Development Program (ODP), Fresh and Brackish Water Fish-Pond Production and Artisanal Fisheries Improvement (27 Trainees); Tech. Supervisor, Fingerling Production and Extension, 15-Week Training (18 Trainees); Research Coordinator, BFAR/National Pollution Control Commission: Conducted Bi-Weekly Water Quality and Fish Growth Sampling; Extension Agent (Mindinao): Milkfish (Chanos chanos) and Prawn (Penaeus monodon) Culture; Developed Positive Community Relationship; Completed Regional Farmer and Pond Survey



Nerrie, B., D. Crosby, C. Mullins, D. Kuhn, and M.H. Schwarz. 2017. Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqPs) for Ponds. Aquaculture America. February 19 – 21. San Antonio, Texas. (abs) WAS-2016

Nerrie, B. and C. Mullins. 2016. Production of optimal portion size for healthy affordable tilapia in urban food desert. (abs) WAS-2016

Mullins, C., B. Nerrie, B. and T. Sink. 2015 Principles of small-scale aquaponics. SRAC Pub. No. 5007.

Nerrie, B. 2015. Bmps for Virginia freshwater shrimp Macrobrachium rosenbergii ponds without harvest basins. (abs) WAS-2015

Alosias, J. and B. Nerrie. 2015. Design of mechanical and eco-security to limit double-crested cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus predation on fingerling channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus (abs) WAS-2015

Kauffman D., M. Walker, M. Jahncke, B. Nerrie. February 2014. "Will high income U.S. consumers buy and like freshwater shrimp?” Aquaculture America 2014, Seattle, Washington, Feb. 12, 2014.

Nerrie, B. 2014. The science of Virginia’s aquaculture feed prices. (abs) JVAS

Nerrie, B. 2014. Virginia’s aquaculture extension model: market driven. (abs) WAS-2014 p. 369

Nerrie, B. 2013. Monosex culture of freshwater shrimp (Macrobrachium rosenbergii). (abs) JVAS

Nerrie, B. S. Watkins, A. Reid, H. Wheeler, S.Morton. 2013. Realities of S.T.E.M. aquaculture education. (abs) WAS-2013 p.888

Nerrie, B. 2013. Bait production: rainbow trout cage culture. (abs) WAS-2013

Nerrie, B. and M. Guthrie. 2013. Vertical integration of small-scale freshwater shrimp farm in Virginia. (abs) WAS-2013

David D. Kuhn*, Dianne Bourne, George J. Flick, Jr., Linda Granata, Daniel Kauffman, Laura Lawson, Lori Marsh, Brian Nerrie, Martha Walker, Harriet Williams. 2013 Development of post-harvest processing protocols and markets for freshwater prawns Macrobrachium rosenbergii. (abs) WAS-2012

Nerrie, B. 2012. Direct sales: best management practices for freshwater shrimp. (abs) JVAS

Nerrie, B. 2012. Carbon footprint of local freshwater shrimp production in Virginia. (abs) WAS-2012 p. 337

Nerrie, B. 2011. Practical-activity based pond aquaculture education program with a focus on women. WAS-2011 p. 326

Flick, G. D. Bourne, B. Nerrie, D. Kuhn, and L. Marsh. 2011. Post harvest handling/processing for quality assurance of pond raised freshwater shrimp Macrobrachium rosenbergii. (abs) WAS-2011 p. 157

Nerrie, B. 2010. Overcoming constraints to commercial small-scale aquaculture in Virginia. (abs) WAS-2010 p. 432

Nerrie, B.. and James K. Rindfleisch. 2009. Mosquito fish hatchery production issues in Virginia (abs) WAS-2010

Nerrie, B. 2009. Post-harvest extension of market season for pond-raised live freshwater shrimp in greenhouse tanks. (abs) JVAS

Nerrie, B. 2008 Innovative Cooperative Extension-private sector linkage: freshwater shrimp production in Virginia. (abs), WAS – 2008

Nerrie, B. and Albert O. Reid. 2008. Effective methodology used by Virginia State University aquaculture extension to reach underserved clients. (abs), WAS – 2008 p. 419

Mullins, C. and B. Nerrie. 2008. Small-scale aquaponic production in Virginia. (abs), WAS – 2008 p. 110

Pao, S, M.R. Ettinger, M.F. Khalid, A.O. Reid and B.L. Nerrie 2008. Microbial Quality of Raw Aquacultured Fish Fillets Procured from Internet and Local Retail Markets" was published in JFP vol. 71, No. 2008, pp. 1544-1549.

Nerrie, B. 2007. Expansion of Virginia’s freshwater shrimp production (abs), WAS - 2007

Nerrie, B. 2006 Aquaculture Development A Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Report, USAID/Ethiopia Min. of Agric. 27 pp.

Nerrie, B. 2006. Southside Virginia farm diversification through aquaculture (abs), WAS – 2006 p. 373

Kenneth R. Thompson, Linda S. Engler, Laura A. Muzinic, Carl D. Webster, William H. Daniels, Carole R. Engle, Peter W. Perschbacher, Rebecca T. Lochmann, Steven G. Hughes, Brian L. Nerrie, and Steven D. Rawles. 2005. Nutrition, Economics, and Field Demonstrations of Sunshine Bass. 4th Natl. Small Farm Conf, Greensboro, NC

Nerrie, B. 2005. Evaluation of the hybrid striped bass for fee fishing in Virginia. (abs), WAS – 2005 p. 559

Nerrie, B. 2004. Limited –scale farmer partnerships in Virginia. (abs), WAS – 2004 p. 145

Nerrie, B. 2003. Web Based Linkage: Producer - Grower Association – Buyer Aqua. Proc. Nat. Aqua. Ext. Conf., Tucson, AZ pp.118-120.

Nerrie, B. 2004. Seasonal niche markets cage culture in Virginia WAS p. 233

Nerrie, B. 2003. Web Based Linkage: Producer - Grower Association – Buyer Aqua. Proc. Nat. Aqua. Ext. Conf., Tucson, AZ . pp.118-120.

Nerrie, B. 2003. Production challenges of pond culture in Virginia. (abs.), Aqua. 2003, WAS

Nerrie, B. 2002. Seasonal niche markets cage culture in Virginia. In: Small-scale aquaculture. Proc.Spec. Session Aqua. Amer. 2002, WAS. Assoc. 1890 Res. Dir., pp. 8-10.

Nerrie, B. 2002. Review of barley straw for algae control. (abs.) JVAS.

Robertson, T. J. and B. Nerrie. 2002. Impact of feeding on dissolved oxygen concentration in rainbow trout cage culture. (abs.) JVAS.

Reid, A. and B.Nerrie. 2001. Teaching water quality: Virginia State University’s youth aquaculture program. (abs.) JVAS.

Nerrie, B. 2001. Pressure treated wood in aquaculture is safe. VFFA News Apr-Sept. p. 8.

Nerrie, B., and A. Reid. 2001. Potential of greenhouse-based organic tilapia production in Virginia. (abs.) WAS p. 471

Reid, A. and B. Nerrie. 2001. Incorporation of fish production into minority focused outdoors recreational business: a case study. (abs.) WAS p. 549.

Nerrie, B. 2000. Isolated limited scale aquaculture development. (abs.) WAS p. 47

Nerrie, B., D. Prior and R. McLaughlin. 2000. Adoption of freshwater shrimp farming in Virginia. (abs.) WAS p. 48

Nerrie, B.L. 1998. Filamentous algae control. VL & W, Winter:3.

Nerrie, B.L. 1998. Recirculating aquaculture systems as teaching tool. Proc. 2nd Int. Conf. Recirc. Aqua. pp: 25-26.

Hollowell, R., B.L. Nerrie, and D.E. Prior. 1998. Freshwater Shrimp, Hybrid Striped Bass, and Channel Catfish Monocultures vs. Their Polyculture Combinations: A Comparison of Total Lipids and Crude Protein in Fingerlings. (abs.) JVAS.

Prior, D.E., B.L. Nerrie, and R. Hollowell. 1998. Effects of Polyculture on Hybrid Striped Bass and Channel Catfish Fingerling Production. (abs.) JVAS. 49(2):56.

Nerrie, B.1997. What is a triploid grass carp? Vir. Lakes & Waters. Summer, pp. 4-5.

Nerrie, B.1997. Hybrid striped bass marketing in Virginia - case studies. (abs.) JVAS.

Nerrie, B.1997. Virginia State University Extension aquaculture outreach to limited resource farmers. (abs.) Aqua. Ext. Conf., MD.

Reid, A.O. and B. Nerrie. 1997. Preliminary in vitro feed studies with Anguilla rostrata elvers. Proceedings: 11th Biennial ARD Res. Sym., San Antonio, TX.

Nerrie, B. 1996. Practical emergency low dissolved oxygen solution. Vir. Lakes & Waters. Fall, pp. 1-2.

Nerrie, B. and A.O. Reid. 1995. Evaluation of the first five years of public supported hybrid striped bass farming development in Virginia: 1990-1994. (abs.) Aqua.'95, WAS

Nerrie, B. 1993. Randolph farm aquaculture facility. Vir. Lakes & Waters. Winter, pp. 3-4.

Nerrie, B. and A.O. Reid. 1992. A developing extension success story: pond aquaculture in Virginia. (abs.) 23rd Ann. Conf., WAS

Nerrie, B. and A.O. Reid. 1991. Youth aquaculture awareness program in Virginia (abs.) 22nd Ann. Conf. WAS, p. 47.

Nerrie, B. 1991. Status of fish feeding activity in Virginia. Mid-Atlan. Aqua. Conf., Nutrition Session, 6 June, Fredericksburg, VA

Nerrie, B., L.U. Hatch, C.R. Engle, and R.O. Smitherman. 1990. The economics of intensifying catfish production: A production function analysis. JWAS 21:216-224.

Nerrie, B. 1990. Grow-out of hybrid striped bass in Virginia's farm ponds. PA & LM 8:4.

Nerrie, B. 1990. Hybrid striped bass “is there an alternative to catfish?”. Midwest Reg. Cage Culture Workshop. Purdue Univ., CES-234

Nerrie, B. 1989. Aquaculture initiative. Virginia State University Ext. Info. Leaflet No. 109. 2 pp.

Newton, S.H. and B.L. Nerrie. eds. 1989. A workshop on the culture of hybrid striped bass. V.S.U., Petersburg, VA, 80 pp.

Nerrie, B. 1989. Aquaculture, fishing and other income opportunities from aquatic systems. Proc. Income Opportunities Conf., W.V. Coop. Ext. Ser., Morgantown, WV pp. 137-146.

B. Nerrie. 1989. Information processing report and recommendations for the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Virginia State University, VA

Nerrie, B. 1988-present. Aquaculture information sheets, Coop. Ext. Ser., Vir. State Univ. Petersburg, VA

Nerrie, B. 1987. Input-output analysis of West-Central Alabama catfish production ponds. Ph.D. Dissertation, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

Nerrie, B., ed. 1983-1987. ICA COMMUNICAE. Vol. 6-10, Auburn University, ALNerrie, B. 1985. Off-flavor in fish. ICA COMMUNICAE. 8(2):3. Auburn University, AL

Popma, T.J., F.E. Ross, B. Nerrie and J.R. Bowman. 1984. The development of commercial farming of tilapia in Jamaica 1979-1983. R-D Sea. No. 31. IA, Ala. Agric. Exp. Sta., Auburn Univ., ALNerrie, B. 1984. ICA computer network. ICA COMMUNICAE. 7(2):5, Auburn University, ALNerrie, B. 1981-1983. Jamaican fish farming tips. Nos. 1-28. Inland Fisheries Unit, Ministry of Agriculture, Jamaica

Nerrie, B. and R.O. Smitherman. 1979. Production of male Tilapia nilotica using pelleted chicken manure (abs.) World Aquaculture Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

Nerrie, B. 1976. Fisheries training design. U.S. Peace Corps/Philippines, Manila, Philippines

Rehwoldt, R.W., J. Menapace, B. Nerrie and D. Alexandros. 1972. The effects of increased temperature upon the acute toxicity of some heavy metal ions. Bull. Envir. Cont. and Tox. 8:91-96.

Rehwoldt, R.W., G. Bida and B. Nerrie. 1971. Acute toxicity of copper, nickel and zinc ions to some Hudson River fish species. Bull. Envir. Cont. and Tox. 6:445-448.



Southern Regional Aquaculture Center, Technical Committee 2001-2003

2002 National Aquaculture Extension Meeting Planning Committee, SRAC Rep

Catfish Ag Database Steering Committee

USDA Aquaculture Information and Technology Transfer Task Force (AITT)

1890 Land-grant Aquaculture Regional Research Working Group, Co-chair

Virginia Aquaculture Association, Board of Directors, 2014-present

Virginia Fish Farmers Association, Board of Directors, 2000-2002

Virginia Academy of Science, 1997-2014

Sigma Xi, Honorary Scientific Research Society

Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture

Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass Producers' Association, 1988-2004; Editor, SBHSBPA Newsletter, 1990

World Aquaculture Society, 1988-present; Publication review panel

American Fisheries Society (AFS). 1979-87, 1989-95; Striped Bass Comm., 1989-present; Membership Comm. (Southern Div. Rep.), 1985-86; Fish Culture Sec. Membership Comm.,1981; Fisheries Economics Sec., 1983-85; Introduced Fish Sec., 1983-85; Bioengineering Sec., 1993-95; Continuing Education Comm.,1994 - 95

Virginia Fish Farmers Association/Virginia Aquaculture Association, 1988-present; Exec. Board, 1998-2002; 2014-present

Alabama Fisheries Society (AFA) 1983-88: Chairperson, Membership and Communication Comm.(MCC), 1984; MCC,1985; Program Comm., 1984; Steering Comm., 1984-88; Originator, Editor and Publisher, AFA Newsletter, 1984-85; Chairperson, Inland Waters Session, AFA Annual Meeting, 1985; Audio-Visual Coordinator, AFA Annual Meeting, 1984

Southern Division AFS, 1979-87; Chair, Membership Comm., 1985-86; Executive Comm., 1985-86

Auburn University Student Chapter AFS, 1979-88; President, 1984-85, Established Permanent Student Research Fund from Private Donations; Member, Student-Faculty Committees

Dutchess County (N.Y.) Environmental Association, 1971-72; Member, Ad Hoc Organization Committee, 1971



Colonial Heights Wetland Committee

Treasurer, Sherwood Hills Homeowners Association

Chair, Administrative Council, Wesley Methodist Church, Colonial Heights, 2017

President, Colonial Heights Kiwanis Club, 2016

Lt. Gov. Elect, Capitol District, Kiwanis Club 2017