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Aquaculture Research Open Day

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
16 June 2011, at 1:00am

US - Ohio State University (OSU) is set to host it's Aquaculture Field Day on 25 June, 2011, at its South Centres research centre, Piketon, Ohio. The University will be holding the day to promote its aquaculture programme.

Welcoming everyone from farmers to fish enthusiasts, the open day aims to promote both the university's research, showing how it benefits the industry, and to educate on aquaculture and the fish species involved in the research programme.

The aquaculture research focuses on Ohio's top three aquacultural and recreational fish: yellow perch, bluegill and largemouth bass, and important baitfish species.

The facility itself is also something worth seeing as it boasts the only aquaculture genetics lab in the Midwest and is the cornerstone of research and education for Ohio's six million dollar aquaculture industry.

"The field day gives visitors the chance to see what we are all about and what we are doing in the aquaculture industry," said Laura Tiu, an OSU aquaculture senior research associate.

The day will consist of a morning lecture series on various introductory aquaculture topics and an afternoon self-guided walking tour of the South Centres' Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development facility.

Visitors can stop at various stations to learn more about fish breeding and genetics, pond management and construction, and indoor aquaculture production and culture demonstrations.

OSU extension educators and aquaculture researchers will be on hand to explain research, exhibit various fish species and answer questions.

Visitors will also have access to books, videos and other resources on aquaculture.

Doors will be open from 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is $10, which includes handouts, snacks and drinks.

Registration can either be done in advance (Call: Julie Moose at 740-289-2071, ext. 223 ) or pay on the door.

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