Researchers trying to raise saltwater fish in Black Belt

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
30 May 2006, at 1:00am

US _ The underground saltwater deposits have long been a source of frustration for Black Belt residents digging wells in search of drinking water. Now, they could also be a source of fish. Auburn University researchers are trying to raise flounder, redfish, pompano and other saltwater species in the region about 225 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The university's fisheries sciences department received a grant to determine the feasibility of raising saltwater species in Black Belt ponds. "We're trying to find something that these farmers can do besides catfish," said Nelson Sansing, who graduated from Auburn in December 2004. "They're trying to find fish that they can get a higher price for at the market." Source: Montgomery Advertiser