Kasondra Miller Wins First Place At The 2019 Association of Research Directors, Inc Meeting
Kasondra Miller won first place with her oral presentation at the 2019 Association of Research Directors, Inc meeting held March 31st – April 3rd 2019 in Jacksonville Florida. She was in the Animal Health and Production and Animal Products section for Graduate Student Competitive Oral Presentations. Her major professor is Dr. Rossi.
Dr. James Tidwell Received A Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. James Tidwell received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Aquaculture 2019 Triennial meeting held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Triennial meeting is the largest aquaculture conference and trade show in the world with nearly 4,000 attendees from more than 90 countries.
Dr. Tidwell started his career at Kentucky State University on August 1, 1987. He was instrumental in starting the Aquaculture Graduate Program in 1999 and making the program one of the top-five aquaculture programs in the United States.
His leadership and knowledge have helped the growth of aquaculture in Kentucky, the United States and beyond. Congratulations Dr. James Tidwell!
Kasondra Miller Receives Student Travel Award
Kasondra Miller was selected for a Soy Aquaculture Alliance/ USAS Student Travel Award.
She was selected from the pool of United States Aquaculture Society student members who submitted applications for this joint award that was presented at Aquaculture 2019 in New Orleans, LA. Kasondra presented her thesis research at the World Aquaculture Society meeting in New Orleans.
Her essay and letter of support demonstrated her professional dedication to the future of aquaculture. Kasondra’s major professor is Dr. Waldemar Rossi. Congratulation Kasondra!
Gagan Kolimadu Receives The Tyson’s Best Abastract Award
Gagan Kolimadu was selected for the Tyson’s Best Abstract Award for Aquaculture 2019. He was selected from the pool of WAS/ USAS student members who submitted abstracts for presentation at Aquaculture 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
His abstract titled “EVALUATION OF OMEGA-3 RICH MICROALGAE AND ORGANIC TRACE MINERALS IN THE DIET OF LARGEMOUTH BASS, Micropterus salmoides L.” was well written, properly formatted, and demonstrated high scientific merit. Gagan presented his research at the World Aquaculture Society meeting in New Orleans. Gagan’s major professor is Dr. Waldemar Rossi.
Dr. Andrew Ray Publishes Article in the February-March Issue of Aquaculture Magazine
“Small-Scale, Year-Round Shrimp Farming In Temperate Climates,” was published by Dr. Andrew Ray and Mr. Robert Rode in this month’s issue of Aquaculture Magazine.
Amit Kumar Defends His Thesis Research
Amit Kumar Yadav is the latest KSU Aquaculture Graduate Student to successfully defend his thesis. Great job Amit!
His major professor is Dr. Rossi, while Dr. Tidwell and Dr. Durborow are also on his committee.
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Mr. Shawn Coyle and Dr. Noel Novelo Present at Ivy Tech Community College
Mr. Shawn Coyle and Dr. Noel Novelo were guest lecturers invited to present information on Aquaculture, Tilapia, and research done at KSU’s Aquaculture Program to agriculture students at Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond, IN. There was a high level of interaction that included discussion and questions with the students and lecturer Jerry Stamper in their “Introduction to Aquaponics” class. Agriculture is on seven campuses across the state. Ivy Tech is the largest singly accredited community college in the nation with approximately 170,000 students each year. Agriculture has about 500 students statewide. The Richmond campus has about
47 students in the program.
The Future of Fish Farming May Be Indoors
On a projection screen in front of a packed room in a coastal Maine town, computer-animated salmon swim energetically through a massive oval tank. A narrator’s voice soothingly points out water currents that promote fish exercise and ideal meat texture, along with vertical mesh screens that “optimize fish densities and tank volume.” The screens also make dead fish easy to remove, the narrator cheerily adds.
The video is part of a pitch made earlier this year for an ambitious $500-million salmon farm that Norway-based firm, Nordic Aquafarms, plans to build in Belfast, Maine, complete with what Nordic says will be among the world’s largest aquaculture tanks. It is one of a handful of projects in the works by companies hoping these highly mechanized systems will change the face fish farming—by moving it indoors.
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Josh Dusci Harvests Bibb Lettuce to Collect Data on His Thesis Research
Today was the first official harvest (1 of 2) of Josh Dusci’s Thesis research. The research involves evaluating the impacts of freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) within hydroponic troughs of an aquaponics system. Specifically, evaluating the effects of the freshwater prawn on Bibb lettuce plant growth, water quality, and solids accumulation within the troughs.
Preliminary research conducted in 2018 led to the conclusion that root protection is required to prevent prawn from foraging on plant roots which significantly decreases plant growth. Louvers (grid design ¾”) were used to collectively protect the roots. The next data collection period will occur from 03/02/19 thru 03/26/19 which will conclude Josh Dusci’s Thesis data collection on this project.
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Kentucky Is King Of American Caviar
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U.S. Seafood Consumption Reflective of Aquaculture’s Growth in 2017
U.S. per capita seafood consumption increased by 1.1 pounds to 16 pounds in 2017, reaching the 16-pound mark for the first time in almost 10 years, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced recently in its “2018 Fisheries of the United States” report.
The 1.1-pound increase in consumption is due partly to the growth of responsible aquaculture, which has allowed for global seafood production to continue to grow. According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, aquaculture now represents more than half (53 percent) of global human seafood consumption, with global seafood production reaching a peak of 171 million metric tons in 2016. “With capture fishery production relatively static since the late 1980s, aquaculture has been responsible for the continuing impressive growth in the supply of fish for human consumption,” said the UN in its recently released “2016 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” report.
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Graduate Assistanceships for Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences
A limited number of graduate research assistantships are available for qualified, full-time, thesis-track Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences students. Assistantships are typically funded through grants from state and federal agencies and are awarded only after a student has been academically accepted into the program. Additionally, a student should be able to verify that academic aid is essential to engage in graduate studies and that they are academically deserving. Academic acceptance does not guarantee an assistantship will be available. Students granted graduate assistantships are required to assist with activities relevant to the grant objectives for 20 hours per week while attending classes and full-time during the summer term. Compensation package includes a competitive stipend, opportunities to travel to and present research at professional meetings, and engage in a range of hands-on learning opportunities. Research areas include: Production Systems, Extension Activities, Recirculating Systems, Aquatic Diseases, Aquaponics, Nutrition, Genetics, Economics, and Marketing
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Off The Hook Sustainable Seafood Dinner
On February 10, 2019, the Newport Aquarium partnered with the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program and the WAVE Foundation to host the 3rd annual “Off the Hook” sustainable seafood dinner. The event highlighted the importance of sustainability, conservation, and aquaculture as a means of providing high-quality seafood here in the United States. The event hosted over 20 local and national chefs who cooked up some savory seafood dishes while educating guests with how we should choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean. KSU’s division of aquaculture donated 25 lbs. of marine shrimp along with a variety of leafy greens for the event, and Tom Tierney attended the dinner to answer questions about KSU’s program and Kentucky aquaculture. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Edible Ohio Valley Foundation, the Ohio River Valley Chefs Collaborative Local Group, Chefs Collaborative, La Soupe, and the WAVE Foundation. A good time was had by all, and KSU’s aquaculture program hopes it can contribute again at future events.
Aquaponics Field Day
Kentucky State University staff participated in an aquaponics field day at Uspiritus School in Louisville, KY. Upsiritus is a residence for children middle school to high school age that are in foster care. Stephen Lewis, a KSU Horticulture Extension Agent in Jefferson County, spearheaded the aquaponics field day as a way to introduce innovative agriculture practices through handson education in their on-site greenhouse. Stephen installed a home aquaponics system at the school that he built through participating in the “Build Your Own Aquaponics System” Workshop hosted by KSU in July 2018. Students learned the principles of aquaponics, got to put together a demonstration system (complete with fish and plants), practiced doing water quality, and learned about different aquaculture species raised in KY. Teachers and students hope that aquaponics can be a valuable tool to accomplish their mission of providing therapeutic foster care to Louisville youth. Janelle Hager, Ken Thompson, and Garrett Hamilton from KSU’s Aquaculture Research Center assisted with field day activities.
Urban Organics Wants to Fix Food
Inside a repurposed Twin Cities brewery, a massive aquaponics operation is ready to provide a locavore’s dream: fresh produce and fish, raised indoors every month of the year.
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Seafood Lovers’ Paradox: Eating Fish is Healthy, but Overfishing is a Problem
For many people, the environmental impact of overfishing is a major concern. Is it possible to eat more fish and seafood sustainably?
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Aquaculture Makes Salmon a “Winning Protein” – SeaWestNews
Aquaculture has made salmon one of the world’s most popular seafood products contributing to the fish’s status as a “winning protein” around the world, says a new report from Rabobank.
But the industry needs to reposition farmed salmon from being a “luxury” food item to being the leading healthy, sustainable and affordable protein for sustained growth, said the report entitled “Keeping Salmon on the Top of the Menu”.
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Largemouth Bass Aquaculture Book Will Be Available Soon!
Dr. James Tidwell, Shawn Coyle and Leigh Anne Bright teamed up on “Largemouth Bass Aquaculture” that will be publish in the near future. The fishsite.com features a new book on Largemouth bass on their website.
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Dr. Andrew Ray, Leo Fleckenstein, and Thomas Tierney Publish Paper in the Journal Aquaculture
The Ray Lab published a new paper in the Journal Aquaculture, with Leo Fleckenstein as the lead author. The paper describes a study that examined the effects of LED lights on recirculating shrimp aquaculture systems. The team found that shrimp grew significantly faster when systems were exposed to 24 hours of light per day.
Western Hills Student Assessing the Concentrations of Micro-Plastics in Kentucky River
Western Hills junior, Carley Bishop has been working with Shawn Coyle and Chelsea Walling on a project assessing the concentration of micro-plastics within the Frankfort pool of the Kentucky River. Water samples were collected on January 28, 2019. They will be filtered and examined under a microscope to determine if micro-plastics are present.
Micro-plastics can come from cosmetics, textiles, or degradation of larger plastic pollution fragments. These micro-plastics pollute the environment, clog wastewater treatment facilities and can accumulate in the digestive tract of organisms causing detrimental effects. Carley’s father Keenan, a former KSU employee and now an Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent in Franklin County and Garrett Hamilton also assisted while Paul Auberry was the boat captain.
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Global Garden: How One Man’s Vision To Feed His Family Blossomed Into An International Effort
Nine years ago, Dennis McClung had a rundown swimming pool and an ambitious goal — to plant a garden that would provide a self-sustaining food system for his family.
McClung and his wife transformed the empty cement pit behind their home in Mesa, Arizona, into a closed-loop ecosystem teeming with life, from vegetables to chickens, even a pond with tilapia. The innovative urban farm was soon producing enough food to feed the couple and their three young children, cutting their monthly grocery bill by almost half.
But what McClung accomplished after that is even more remarkable.
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Fish Farm Fuels First Commercial Flight
The world’s first commercial flight using a sustainable biofuel originating from a fish farm has been confirmed by the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC).
A non-profit entity established by Masdar Institute (part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology), SBRC said the Etihad Airways Boeing 787 flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam marked a major milestone in the development of a clean, alternative aviation fuel to reduce carbon emissions. It also highlighted that the initiative addresses food security in the United Arab Emirates, with seafood farming providing a core element of the process.
The SBRC partners have been working together to prove the concept of a comprehensive value chain that is centered around the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS). This is an industrial platform that supports the aviation sector, the oil and gas industry, food production, and the creation of a new agricultural alternative in the United Arab Emirates.
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Brittany Woodward Successfully Defends Her Master’s Thesis
Ms. Brittany Woodward is Kentucky State University’s Aquaculture Research Center’s latest graduate student to successfully defend her Masters’ Thesis. Brittany’s thesis is titled “DETERMINING THE DIETARY LYSINE REQUIREMENT OF JUVENILE LARGEMOUTH BASS, Micropterus salmoides.” Her Thesis Committee consists of Major Professor Dr. Waldemar Rossi, Dr. James Tidwell, and Dr. Kenneth Semmens.
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Richard Hulefeld Defends His Master’s Thesis
Mr. Richard Hulefeld has done it! He defended his thesis and now has his Masters in Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences. The title of Rick’s thesis is “Nutritional Evaluation of an Improved Soybean Meal to Replace Fishmeal in the Diet of Pacific White Shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei.” Rick’s Thesis Committee consists of Major Professor Dr. Waldemar Rossi, Dr. James Tidwell, and Dr. Kenneth Semmens.
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Thomas “Cary” Mason Defends His Master’s Thesis
Mr. Thomas (Cary) Mason successfully defended his Thesis on December 6, 2018. The title of Cary’s thesis is “Evaluation of Salt Treatments for Holding Largemouth Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass as Live Fish.” Cary’s thesis committee consisted of major professor Dr. Kenneth Semmens, Dr. Waldemar Rossi Jr., Dr. Boris Gomelsky, and Dr. Bob Durborow.
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Dr. Jim Tidwell, Kentucky State University’s Division of Aquaculture Chair, discusses the role that aquaculture will play in the future in providing food supplies, given that the oceans are overfished and the population is expanding dramatically. October 27, 2018
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Presentations (Video and pdf.) from the Indoor Shrimp Farming Workshop held on September 14-15, 2018 for Download
Below are video and pdf. presentations from the September Indoor Shrimp Farming Workshop held at Kentucky State University. These presentations are available for download. Audio versions of the presentations are linked to our YouTube channel. The links for each presentation are listed below their title and the link listed below goes to the main Kentucky State Universtity Aquaculture YouTube channel. All Indoor Shrimp Farming Workshop Audio presentation can be found by selecting the playlist.