An aquaculture/fisheries field day is planned for Oct. 6 at the Harry K. Dupree Stuttgart National Aquaculture Research Center (SNARC) located at 2955 Highway 130 in Stuttgart, Arkansas. The event is sponsored jointly by SNARC and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Aquaculture/Fisheries Center of Excellence.

The field day is free and open to the public. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Tours begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. The field day will conclude with lunch at noon.

“The field day is a great opportunity for stakeholders such as fish farmers and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to learn about the research and Extension efforts of SNARC and UAPB in an informal setting,” said Dr. Rebecca Lochmann, chair of the department of aquaculture and fisheries at UAPB. “The tour will cover a number of timely topics important to the industry.”

Several of the topics are related to diets for different fish species. Other topics related to fish health cover the prevention of fish diseases and production losses.

Attendees will also learn about small-scale aquaponics, the implications of inflation on the aquaculture industry, the re-establishment of aquatic vegetation in water bodies, split-pond catfish production and observation of fish behavior through radio telemetry.

For more information about the aquaculture/fisheries field day, contact Casandra Byrd at 870-575-8123 or byrdc@uapb.edu.

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