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Aquaculture & Fisheries

Aquaculture / Fisheries Center | University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff | Arkansas Extension

Arkansas is a leading producer of baitfish, sport fish, catfish and other fish species raised commercially.  Information on aquaculture, farm ponds, fisheries and most all things aquatic is available from the Aquaculture/Fisheries Center at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  Center personnel, Extension Specialists and faculty with the University of Arkansas System's  Division of Agriculture work together to provide you with the latest research-based information and to help solve pond problems.  Arkansas has over 127,000 farm ponds, and the Center, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, helps pond owners obtain the most from their ponds.  Center specialists can help you with questions on producing fish for home use or local sales, water gardens, or getting started in commercial aquaculture.

Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC)
One of five Regional Centers established by Congress through the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  The Fact Sheets on this site provide information on important species of fish and shellfish produced in the Southern Region.

  • Recreational Ponds

    Aquatic plant | Aquaculture / Fisheries Center | University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff | Arkansas ExtensionArkansas Sport Fish Supplier List - for farm pond stocking

    Plant ID

    ID Groups
    (algae, floating, submersed, emergent),
    AquaPlant,
    Univ of Florida Center for Invasive Plants

    Control Options

    Biological
    Chemical
    Physical
    Mechanical

    Common Arkansas Aquatic Plants

    Duckweed
    Watermeal
    Waterprimrose
    Alligatorweed
    Smartweed
    Southern naiad
    Pithophora
    Any others we can agree on

    Permitting Regulations for Herbicide Use

    Explanation of law and a link to the ADEQ regulations and forms

    Other Resources

    Include links to fact sheets, MP44, other websites

  • Fish Health & Certification

    Electroshocking boat | Aquaculture / Fisheries Center | University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff | Arkansas ExtensionFish pathogens

    Viral pathogens
    Bacterial pathogens
    Parasitic and fungal pathogens

    Non-infectious disease agents

    Nutritional problems
    Natural and introduced toxins

    Management and treatment of pathogens and non-infectious agents

    Fish pathogens

    Viral pathogens
    Bacterial pathogens
    Parasitic and fungal pathogens

    Non-infectious disease agents

    Nutritional problems
    Natural and introduced toxins

    Arkansas Safe Bait program

    Interstate inspections

    General pathogens for all inspections

    Viral pathogens
    Primary bacterial pathogens
    Other significant pathogens

    Specific pathogens for selected states

    California
    New York
    States requiring Asian tapeworm free fish

    International inspections

    Canada

    Classes of imported aquaculture species
    List of aquaculture species and associated fish
    pathogens required for certification

    Other countries

    OIE listed fish pathogens
    Special requirements

  • On-Farm Research Verification

    A loading net filled with harvested catfish is being hoisted by a crane and will be unloaded into a waiting fish transport truck.What is Research Verification?

     

    Verification Studies

    Catfish

    Split Pond Production

    What is a split pond?
    Stocking Data
    Harvest Data
    Water Quality Data
    Overview

    Intensive Aeration

    Stocking Data
    Harvest Data
    Water Quality Data
    Overview

    Catfish Yield Blog

    Baitfish
    Sport fish
    Other

    Research Based Recommendations

    Catfish
    Baitfish
    Sport fish
    Other

    Message Board

     

    Contact

    Verification Coordinator: Luke Roy  royl@uapb.edu

  • Economics

    Koi pond | Aquaculture / Fisheries Center | University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff | Arkansas ExtensionIndustry statistics
    Costs and returns
    Business management spreadsheets
    Other assistance

Bacteria Testing | Aquaculture / Fisheries Center | University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff | Arkansas ExtensionContacts

  • Dr. Anita Kelly – Extension Fisheries Specialist
    Associate Director, Aquaculture/Fisheries Center of Excellence

    Location: UAPB - Lonoke Fish Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
    Lonoke Agricultural Center
    P.O. Box 357
    2001 Highway 70 East
    Lonoke, AR 72086


    Phone: 501-676-3124
    Mobile: 501-628-2807
    Fax:      501-676-7847 
    Email: kellya@uapb.edu

    General Program Area:

    Provides fish disease diagnostic services, aquaculture and small impoundment information, water quality, aquatic weed identification and control. Conducts applied research with respect to baitfish, sport fish, and catfish production. Addresses aquaculture industry issues, and editor of Arkansas Aquafarming.

    Priority Programs:

    Fish Disease Diagnosis, Water Quality Analysis, Assistance to Baitfish and Ornamental Fish Growers on Production and Aquatic Weed Control. Applied Research on Current Issues Producers Identify. Registration of New Compounds for Aquaculture. 

  • Dr. Luke Roy – Extension Aquaculture Specialist

    Location: UAPB - Lonoke Fish Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
    Lonoke Agricultural Center
    P.O. Box 357
    2001 Highway 70 East
    Lonoke, AR 72086

    Phone: 501-676-3124
    Fax:      501-676-7847
    Email:  royl@uapb.edu

    General Program Area:

    Provides disease diagnostic services, baitfish production, aquaculture information, water quality and aquatic weed identification. Conducts applied research with respect to baitfish, sport fish, and editor of Arkansas Aquafarming.

    Priority Programs:

    Winter Fish Losses, Alternative Species, Alternate Production Systems

  • Dr. Nilima Renukdas – Extension Associate

    Location: UAPB - Lonoke Fish Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
    Lonoke Agricultural Center
    P.O. Box 357
    2001 Highway 70 East
    Lonoke, AR 72086

    Phone: 501-676-3124
    Fax: 501-676-7847
    Email: renukdasn@uapb.edu

    General Program Area:

    Provides Fish Disease Diagnosis.

    Priority Programs:

    Conducts Annual Fish Inspections for Arkansas Baitfish Certification Program, and Research on Genetic Linkages to Diseases in Fish.

  • Larry Dorman – Extension Aquaculture Specialist

    Location: UAPB - Lake Village Fish Disease Laboratory
    1652C Hwy. 65 & 82 South
    Lake Village, AR 71653

    Phone: 870-265-5440
    Mobile: 870-737-3281
    Fax: 870-265-2750
    Email: dormanl@uapb.edu

    Office is located in Guachoya Cultural Arts Bldg (Old Lake Village Nursing Home). The office occupies the south end of the building, look for UAPB Fish Disease Laboratory sign just off the highway to the west. It is about 1 mile south from the intersection where U.S. Hwy 82 turns westward towards Hamburg.

    General Program Area:

    Provides fish disease diagnosis, water quality analysis, aquatic vegetation control, farm pond management, budget, fish inventory appraisal and evaluation assistance to new fish producers, commercial catfish production, aquaculture.

    Priority Programs:

    Commercial Catfish Production and Inventory Assessment, Fish Disease Diagnosis, Water Quality, Budget Assistance, New Producers, Farm Pond Management, Youth Fishing.

  • George Selden – Extension Aquaculture Specialist

    Location: UAPB - Jonesboro Fish Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
    611 E. Washington Avenue, Suite A
    Jonesboro, AR 72401

    Mobile: 870-540-7805
    Email: seldeng@uapb.edu

    General Program Area:

    Provides identification of problem aquatic weeds and options for their control, assistance for catfish production and aquaculture. Provides information on emerging species. Conducts fish disease diagnosis and pond water quality analysis. Supports youth education.

    Priority Programs:

    Aquatic Weed Identification and Control, Nuisance Algae, Aquaculture and Catfish Production,  Alternative Aquaculture Species (shrimp, crawfish, turtles, etc.), 4-H Activities, Fish Disease Diagnosis and Pond Water Analysis.

  • Bauer Duke – Extension Aquaculture Specialist

    Location: UAPB
    1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4912
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601

    Phone: 870-575-8143 
    Fax: 870-575-4679
    Email: dukeb@uapb.edu

    - Office is located in S.J. Parker Extension Complex Room 128

    General Program Area:

    Provides assistance in aquaponics, aquatic plant identification, recirculating aquaculture systems, tilapia production, and water gardens

    Priority Programs:

    New Educator Programs for Aquaculture in the Classroom,  Aquaculture Information and Assistance, Organizes Workshops.

  • Scott Jones – Extension Small Impoundments Specialist

    Location: UAPB
    1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4912
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601

    Phone: 870-575-8185
    Fax: 870-575-4679
    Email: joness@uapb.edu

    - Office is located in S.J. Parker Extension Complex Room 131

    General Program Area:

    Provides assistance in Farm/Private Pond/Lake Management, Aquatic Plant Identification, and Youth Fishing Outreach.

    Priority Programs:

    Provides direct assistance and training to county Extension agents and private owners for comprehensive pond/lake management. Also develops, supervises and assists with numerous youth fishing activities for young children to college-aged participants. University Fishing Team coach.

  • Support Staff

    Kayla McCoy - Extension Research Associate

    Location: Lonoke Agricultural Center
    Phone: 501-676-3124
    Fax:      501-676-7847
    Email: mccoyk@uapb.edu

    Martha Fitts – Extension Associate

    Location: Lake Village Fish Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
    Phone: 870-265-5440
    Fax:      870-265-2750
    Email: fittsm@uapb.edu

    Casandra Hawkins-Byrd – Extension Associate - Management

    Location: UAPB, Pine Bluff
    Phone: 870-575-8123
    Fax:      870-575-4679 
    Email: byrdc@uapb.edu