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VSU Fish School

VSU Fish School | July 6-8, 2016
Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Petersburg VA
Beginning at 8am and ending at 4pm daily.


$30 per person. 
Includes lunch and workshop materials for all three days

Local sustainable aquaculture production of catfish, freshwater shrimp and tilapia will be the focus of this year’s Fish School. Good aquaculture practices for ponds, cages and greenhouse aquaponics will be covered with short classroom presentations and then hands-on group activities.


Local Sustainable Aquaculture Production

Day 1 – Wednesday, July 6


* Introductions: Goal of Fish School

* Species and Marketing: HACCP

* Aquaculture Nutrition (Feeds and Feeding)

* Water Quality and Fish Health

Hands-on Group Activities

* Pond Side Feeding Activity and Research


Hands-on Group Activities

* Catfish Fingerling Transport

* Pond and Cage Stocking

* Catfish Pond Seining

* Harvest and Handling

* Water Quality Testing


Day 2 – Thursday, July 7


* Questions and Answers

* Farm Pond Management

* Freshwater Shrimp

* Cage Culture

Hands-on Group Activities

* Sample Shrimp Population

* Water Quality Testing Cage Construction


Hands-on Group Activities

* Evaluate Pond Shrimp Growth

* Shrimp Transport and Stocking

* Processing/HACCP

* Tour of Processing Facility

* Taste Test: Sample Food Fish; Sample Freshwater Shrimp


Day 3 – Friday, July 8


* Greenhouse Production Systems/aquaponics:

* Sampling fish populations

* Tour: Greenhouse

* Over-Wintering Solar Power Energy Unit

* ABCs of RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture Systems):


* Hands-on Group Activities

* Aquaponics Unit Construction: Greenhouse Limited-Scale Recirculation

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Debra Jones at (804) 524-5496/TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five (5) days prior to the event.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the Village of Ettrick. VSU’s College of Agriculture consists of three academic departments: Agriculture, Hospitality Management, and Family and Consumer Sciences. Integrated within the College are an Agricultural Research Station; Randolph Farm, a 417-acre research and educational facility; and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Earlier Event: June 30
Elda Gardens Farm Tour