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Cottoning on to Fish

AUSTRALIA - It seems that fish farming and cotton production do go hand in had - with benefits for both enterprises

According the ABC's Rural News, studies looking into diversification in Australia's cotton growing sector have established an unlikely partner in aquaculture.

The aim is to use existing irrigation water to farm fish, specifically Australian silver perch. It's a practice that is already used extensively in the United States, where southern-state cotton growers raise catfish alongside their fibre crop.

David Foley,a University of New England PhD student, says the system has great potential for Australia.

"The research so far shows that silver perch can be grown in cages quite well. What I'm looking at specifically is the methods for growing them in cages," he adds.

View the ABC story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy

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