Top 10 service to Ohio’s fish farmers

Successful Farming magazine recently included CFAES aquaculture specialist Matt Smith (pictured) on its list of 10 exceptional Extension specialists from across the U.S.

Smith’s No. 1 priority, says the newsletter of CFAES’s Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, where he’s based, is to “work toward expanding sustainable and profitable fish farms in the state of Ohio.”

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Class on getting started in fish farming

Want to be a fish farmer? CFAES’s Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development has 30 slots open in its Aquaculture Boot Camp-2, a yearlong program for first-timers and beginners. It offers an in-depth introduction to aquaculture, aquaponics and the business of fish farming. Participation is free, but you have to apply and be chosen. The center is at CFAES’s OSU South Centers in Piketon in southeast Ohio. Net further details.

One-stop local, sustainable fish and veggies

Image of tilapia 2“There’s a noticeable trend throughout agriculture for local, sustainable produce and fish,” says CFAES aquaculture specialist Matthew Smith. “This lets consumers know exactly where their food is coming from.” The “this,” in this case, is aquaponics. He’ll talk about how it works at CFAES’s Farm Science Review next week. (Photo: Tilapia via Pixabay.)

Fish for dinner? How to keep it local, sustainable

Photo of meal of fish and veggies 2The Ohio Aquaculture Association’s 2016 annual conference, featuring talks by a whole school of experts from CFAES, is Jan. 29-30 in Columbus. Of note: An overall focus on helping Ohio fish farms be (or stay) (or be even more) profitable and economically sustainable. And a keynote talk by former CFAES aquaculture specialist and OAA supporter Laura Tiu, who’s now at the University of Florida. Learn more here and here.

Aquaponic fish production: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

Aquaponics 2The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues Friday at Project AquaStar in Columbus’s Linden neighborhood. The project “is a multifaceted aquaponics, waste reduction and composting business enterprise,” the tour description says. “The site includes an aquaponics system utilizing six 1,200-gallon tanks. … Tilapia fish are produced in the system in an effort to help address food insecurity in the Linden community.” Details (PDF, p. 31). (Photo: Project AquaStar.)

‘We need new, dynamic, cost-effective technologies for aquaculture’

Mohammad AlamNine-plus billion. That is what the global population is expected to reach by the year 2050, precipitating an unprecedented demand for food and other resources. The statistic and its implications have dominated discussions at recent international meetings and symposia, with a particular emphasis on the need to sustainably intensify agricultural production. Often overlooked, however, is how the world’s developing regions are beginning to look beyond their staple food sources (rice, corn, etc.) and more toward fish and other seafood to feed their growing populations. This trend has been the motivation behind research conducted by CFAES’s Mohammad Alam, a PhD student in fisheries and wildlife …