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2018 Fish School

  • VSU Randolph Farm 4415 River Road Petersburg, VA, 23803 United States (map)

Fish School

JULY 9 & 10

VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

$25 per person, lunch included. Payable by cash or check to “Virginia State University” upon arrival.

Two Days of Instruction and Hands-On Activities

• Introductions: Goal of Fish School
• Species and Marketing: HACCP and Best Management Practices
• Aquaculture Nutrition
• Water Quality and Fish Health
• Farm Pond Management
• Freshwater Shrimp
• Cage Culture
• Greenhouse Production Systems/Aquaponics and Tour
• Sampling fish populations
• Over-Wintering Solar Power Energy Unit
• ABCs of RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture Systems)

Hands-On Group Activities include: 

• Pond Side Feeding and Research
• Catfish Fingerling Transport
• Pond and Cage Stocking
• Catfish Pond Seining
• Harvest and Handling
• Water Quality Testing
• Sample Shrimp Population
• Largemouth Bass Culture
• Cage Construction
• Pond Shrimp Growth Evaluation
• Shrimp Transport and Stocking, Processing/HACCP
• Tour of Processing Facility
• Taste Test: Sample Fish and Freshwater Shrimp
• Aquaponics Unit Construction—Greenhouse Limited-Scale Recirculation

Participants should wear comfortable/old clothing and footwear suitable for getting wet.

For more information or to request specific topics that can be included during Fish School, contact Brian Nerrie at (804) 524-5903 / or Debra B. Jones at (804) 524-5496 /

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 B. Jones at (804) 524-5496 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.


Earlier Event: June 30
Maple Syrup Workshop