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KSU Aquaculture Collaborating on Research of a New Spawning Aid (GnRH IIa)

Researchers at four institutions are collaborating in a project with the
Southern Regional Aquaculture Center to evaluate the efficiency,
reliability, safety, and mode of action of GnRH IIa in a range of species
encompassing food-fish, baitfish and ornamentals. KSU investigators
are comparing the performance of the new hormone in Largemouth
Bass with proven spawning aids like HCG and Ovaprim. In order to
obtain data from individual fish, eggs are collected in the hatchery rather
than allowing the fish to spawn naturally.

Title of the project is "Improved Reproduction in Food-fish (Catfish and
Largemouth Bass), Baitfish, and Ornamentals using a New Spawning
Aid (GnRH IIa)." This is year 1 of a two year project.

Photos by Charles Weibel


Amit Kumar Yadav Completes Masters Thesis Project

Amit Kumar Yadav has successfully completed the fish feeding trial for his Master's thesis research entitled "Essential fatty acids requirement of Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides): Insight into molecular and physiological approaches". This project was funded by an Evans-Allen USDA Grant. His research was primarily focusing on estimation of optimum docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) ratio and their requirements for juvenile Largemouth Bass. He had 12 treatments and each treatment had 3 replicates, for a total of 36 tanks. The experiment lasted for 11 weeks, and all fish were sampled on April 19-20, 2017.

At the end of the study, final body mass was measured. Blood was drawn from fish and their complete diagnostic profile and blood chemistry were analyzed by Vetscan Analyzer and Vetscan iSTAT (ABAXIS, USA) respectively. Fish were carefully dissected to isolate the intestine, muscle, and liver and were stored for determination of activities of digestive, protein metabolism and antioxidant enzymes. In addition, tissue for liver, intestine and muscle were stored for gene expression pattern and histological studies.

The data from this project will be presented by Amit Kumar Yadav at the Kentucky Academy of Science conference 2017 and Aquaculture America 2018. The results of this study will help to develop cost-effective and environmentally friendly feeds for bass.

Photo by Charles Weibel


Team Semmens Transport Hybrid Catfish to London, KY

Dr. Semmens and a team of staff and students harvested research
ponds and moved the hybrid catfish to the London Kentucky Waste
Water Treatment Plant where they will be grown out to market size.
The fish were provided by the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

Photos by Charles Weibel


James Schwartz Completes Research at Nofima Norway

James Schwartz, a graduate student has just returned from his trip to Norway where he has completed the second, and final objective of his Master thesis research project. James is working under the supervision of Dr. Vikas Kumar. He has conducted a comparative study of improved soybean meal, soy protein concentrate and conventional soybean meal as substitute of fish meal in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) diets and assessed growth, digestibility and physiological parameters at the Nofima land-based research station in Sunndalsora, Norway. Improved soybean meal (high protein, 58% and oligosaccharides, 0%) is developed by the Ohio Soybean Council and its research partners Kentucky State University and Battelle (nonprofit research organization, Ohio). Mr. Schwartz has completed a 10 week feeding trial that concluded on March 30th 2017, and the fish were weighed and sampled for histology, microarray, feces and production parameters. By collecting these samples and acquiring this data he was able to meet the goal of assessing the nutritional value of optimized soybean meal based diets for Atlantic salmon. Overall the results of this research is very useful to producers of soybean meals and the aquafeed industry.


Team Ray Stocks Shrimp in the Sustainable Aquaculture Development Lab

The Production Sciences team stocked an experiment in the Sustainable
Aquaculture Development Lab (SADL) which will evaluate the effects of
three different light levels on water quality dynamics and shrimp
production in recirculating aquaculture systems.

The LED lights are expected to increase algal abundance in the water
column which may help with reducing nitrogenous compounds such as
ammonia and nitrate. Shrimp are also able to consume algae and
therefore may benefit from supplemental nutrition provided by increased
algal abundance.

Photos by Charles Weibel


Nutrition and Production Sciences Teams Stocked Pacific White Shrimp in the KSU High Tunnels Complex

The Nutrition and Production Sciences teams stocked Pacific white shrimp for a new diet trial experiment. The experiment is designed to evaluate various dietary inclusion rates of filtered solids from last year's tilapia study at the KSU High Tunnel Complex. Last year tilapia were grown in biofloc based systems in the high tunnel tanks; some of the suspended biofloc solids were filtered from the water and sundried in shallow troughs. This diet trial is exploring a way of potentially recycling that material into diets for shrimp. The material is being evaluated as both an attractant at lower inclusion levels to help entice shrimp to consume more plant-based feed ingredients, and it is being evaluated as a potential protein source at higher inclusion levels.

Photos by Charles Weibel


Ruling Welcomed By US Aquaculture Industry

US aquaculture producers should be able to transport live fish across state boundaries without the prospect of inadvertently triggering draconian penalties, following a ruling by a Court of Appeal last week that deems that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) does not have the authority to prohibit interstate transport of injurious wildlife.

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Churchill Downs' KY. Derby Menu Includes Locally-Grown Food

LOUISVILLE (PR Newswire) — The official menu that will be served to more than 22,000 guests in Churchill Downs' premium dining areas at the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby on May 6 includes gem lettuces and strawberries grown on a local aquaponics farm, parma-style country ham from free-range hogs that graze on chestnuts and papaws in the eastern Kentucky mountains, as well as local cheese, honey, vegetables, and herbs.


KSU Aquaculture Students Win Three Awards At The Association Of Research Directors Symposium Held In Atlanta, Georgia

KSU aquaculture students all gave great presentations and bring back three awards from the Association of Research Directors Symposium held in Atlanta Georgia. Fred Gonzales won first place in the Graduate Oral Competition. His presentation was on "Effects of Probiotics Pedicoccus, Bacillus subtilis and Lactobacillus acidophilus on Enteric Bacteria Counts in Aquaponic Systems." Joe Pate won in the Undergraduate Oral Competition and his presentation was titled "Comparison of Lettuce Production Reared in Indoor Aquaponics Systems Using Largemouth Bass, Micropterus salmoides Vs. Nile tilapia, Oreochromis Niloticus." And in the Undergraduate Poster Presentations Atmit Yadav won with his poster titled "Using Early Nutritional Programing to Enhance the Utilization of Plant Based Diets in Fish, Largemouth Bass, Micropterus salmoides." This Symposium was a great opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present their research as well as learn about what other students are researching at other universities.

Photos by Charles Weibel


The Production Sciences Team Stocked Koi At Versailles Montessori School

The Production Sciences team stocked koi at Versailles Montessori School (VMS). VMS provides education to children from 18 months through 6th grade. The elementary school-aged children helped out with stocking the fish by weighing them and measuring their lengths before placing them into tanks. There are two fish tanks that are each part of recirculating aquaculture systems and they are contained inside a 20' x 48' high tunnel greenhouse. The production sciences team built the aquaculture systems along with the high tunnel to help fulfill the teaching component of an 1890 Capacity Building Grant awarded to Dr. Ray. Students at VMS will measure water quality, care for the fish, and incorporate fish effluent as a fertilizer for plants in the high tunnel, among other activities. These activities will be incorporated into experiential learning programs to help teach STEM principles to the students.


Commissioner of Agriculture, Ryan F. Quarrels Visits the Aquaculture Research Center

The Commonwealth of Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture, Ryan F. Quarles, took time out of his busy schedule to visit Kentucky State University's ARC. Quarles toured with KSU's Interim President Aaron Thompson, Director of Land Grant Programs, Dr. Kirk Pomper and Chair of the Division of Aquaculture Dr. James Tidwell. Quarles shared that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has Internships available for KSU students.

For more information on the internship
program please visit:


Photo by Charles Weibel



The Bizarre and Inspiring Story of Iowa's Fish Farmers

How did a family from Webster City, a bucolic town about 75 miles north of Des Moines and 1,000 miles from the nearest ocean, get the idea to farm fish? On a break from manning a booth at Iowa's annual Pork Congress in 2009, Mark Nelson—co-founder of the aquaculture venture, along with his cousin Jeff—noticed a diagram of a feed dispenser rigged above a pool of tilapia. His mind flashed to his family's barn, which had sat empty since the family quit raising hogs when the market soured the year before.

"It just sort of clicked," he remembers. Why not fill it with fish tanks? Mark and Jeff, who at the time were in their mid-50s, spent the next three years researching aquaculture systems and retrofitting the sow barn.

In 2012, they began selling hybrid striped sea bass to a distributor in Minneapolis. Soon, they switched to the heartier barramundi, supplying Minnesota restaurants as well as Hy-Vee grocery stores. (Jeff still runs the family's conventional farm down the road, where he harvests corn, hay, and soybeans and fattens hogs for market.)

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Indoor Tilapia, Shrimp and Aquaponics Program

The Indoor Tilapia, Shrimp and Aquaponics Program was a great
success this Saturday. Over 70 people from seven states took part in the workshop. Some came as far as Iowa, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee.

Dr. Tidwell took care of the introductions and welcomed the visitors to Kentucky State University's Aquaculture Research Center. He also presented on Tilapia Production Systems.

Forrest Wynne discussed permitting requirements for aquaculture in the state of Kentucky.

Dr. Noel Novelo talked about the Hatchery Production of Tilapia, Mr. Shawn Coyle presented on Tilapia Production in the United States, Dr. Vikas Kumar discussed Tilapia Nutrition.

Dr. Andrew Ray give an overview on shrimp production systems, nutrition, and their water quality requirements.

Ms. Angela Caporelli, from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, discussed you to market both tilapia and shrimp to restaurants and farmers' markets and how to market aquaponic products.

Mrs. Janelle Hager gave an overview of aquaponic systems, vegetative crop selection and water quality requirements with aquaponics. After all the presenters finished they were invited to tour the facilities where KSU researchers work on a daily basis with shrimp, tilapia and aquaponics.

Photo by Charles Weibel


Ahmed S. AlSaqufi, Ph.D. Takes Position as the Director of Fish Resources Research Center at King Faisal University

Former Graduate Student Ahmed S. AlSaqufi has been hired as the
Director of Fish Resources Research at the King Faisal University. The
Fish Resources Research center was established in the September 8,
2006, to play a prominent role in the process of research, studies and
consultation services in the areas of exploitation, management and
development of aquatic resources through capture fisheries or by
means of aquaculture practices.

The Centre is also working on upgrading the knowledge of individuals,
interested in fisheries matters and students studying at King Faisal
University by increase networking and collaboration with the private
sector and other local and international universities through technical
workshops, courses and research projects. Being the leading research
center in this area, it is expected to occupy a prominent place on the
regional level and at the international level as well.

Great job Ahmed! Kentucky State University Faculty and staff are very
proud of your achievements.

Click Here To Read An Article Published By The State Journal


Injury Disaster Loans Available in Kentucky

ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Kentucky as a result of the drought that began on Nov. 15, 2016.

This disaster declaration includes the following counties: Allen, Bell, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Logan, McCreary, Monroe, Simpson, Todd, Wayne and Whitley in Kentucky.

"These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in Tennessee. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included," said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA's Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Under this declaration, the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 3.125 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA's website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than Oct. 23, 2017.



KSU Aquaculture Students, Staff and Faculty Participate in the 16th Annual Posters-At-The-Capitol

Kentucky State University's undergraduate students had the opportunity to display their research projects at the 16th Annual Posters-At-The-Capitol. Students from nine Kentucky universities took part in the event Thursday March 2, 2017. The Aquaculture Research center had four posters at the event. Christopher Lyvers's poster discussed World Fish Parasitoligiost Glenn Hoffman, Cora Teets's Poster was on Early Nutritional Programming to Enhance the Utilization of Plant Based Diets in Fish, Nathan Kring's research was on the Polyculture of Pacific White Shrimp and Juvenile Tilapia in a Biofloc Aquaculture System and George Pate's poster covered the Comparison of The Production of Bibb Lettuce Reared in Indoor Aquaponics System Using Largemouth Bass.

Photos by Charles Weibel



Dr. Andrew Ray Published in the Journal Aquacultural Engineering

Dr. Andrew Ray, along with two co-authors (Thomas Drury and Adam Cecil), published a new paper in the journal Aquacultural Engineering. The paper describes an experiment conducted at the Aquaculture Research Center (ARC) which compared two types of production systems for growing marine shrimp indoors.

Dr. Ray is an Assistant Professor of Aquaculture Production in the
Aquaculture Division, Thomas Drury was an intern at the ARC from the University of Miami who now works for Pentair Aquatic Ecosystems, an international aquatic supply company, and Adam Cecil is a recent (December 2016) graduate of the Agriculture, Food, and Environment Bachelor of Science Program at KSU.



U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish Publications Available for Education and Promotion

U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish Publications
Available for Education and Promotion
The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) has developed a variety of fact-based, high-quality, full-color and reader-friendly brochures. These publications communicate to consumers, buyers, chefs or health care professionals the quality, value and wholesomeness of U.S. farm-raised fish and shellfish as well as the federal and state regulations that govern production, handling and processing.

Locally Farmed Seafood: Safe & Sustainable encourages consumers to buy locally farmed fish and shellfish for their safe, wholesome and nutritious benefits, environmental sustainability, and the positive impact on local economies.

U.S. Farm-Raised Seafood and Food Safety describes non-voluntary and voluntary federal and state food inspection and safety programs and the incredible nutritional values of farm-raised fish and shellfish.

U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish Q&A answers commonly asked water quality, sustainability, drug and chemical use, diet and food safety questions with science and regulatory facts.

U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish for a Healthier & Happier Life provides in-depth nutritional information for children, teens and adults as well as the health benefits of consuming fish and shellfish during pregnancy. The facts concerning Omega-3 fatty acids, mercury and PCBs are also presented.

United States Aquaculture: Fact & Fiction corrects erroneous perceptions concerning fishmeal, food safety, drug and chemical use, Omega-3 fatty acids, mercury, environmental effects, sustainability, PCBs, and eco-labels.

Farm-Raised in the USA is a poster 34 fish and shellfish farmed in the United States. Each species is depicted in full-color and identified by market, scientific and common name.

Each of these attractive, educational publications can be previewed at: http://thenaa.net/publications. Call or email the NAA office at 850-216-2400 or naa@thenaa.net to order copies for public or promotional events, buyer meetings, or mail-outs.



Seafood Health Facts: Making Smart Choices

The Seafood Health Facts Website is designed to be a comprehensive resource on seafood products for healthcare providers and practitioners and their patients. It is also intended to be a resource for consumers to obtain objective information on seafood products. In today's information age, consumers and healthcare providers are frequently exposed to information on a single topic that may or may not provide a complete picture of all of the issues that can help them make informed choices about the seafood they consume. The Seafood Health Facts is designed to provide information and resources on risks, benefits and product choices that can help consumers make informed decisions and help healthcare providers give balanced objective information to their patients.

The information on this site is organized by topic and includes resources for seafood nutrition and the benefits of seafood consumption, seafood safety and the risks associated with certain types of seafood, a comparison of the risks and benefits of seafood consumption, and the seafood supply in the U.S. It is also organized to provide different types of resources appropriate for different groups of people. It has organized the educational materials and other resources for each of the seafood and health related topic tabs at this site into three different sections based on their usefulness for: the general public; healthcare professionals; and scientific publications for all groups.

For further information please visit the site by clicking the link:




Dr. Sid Dasgupta and Richard Bryant Have Published a New Book Chapter

Dr. Sid Dasgupta, Professor at Kentucky State University and Research Associate, Mr. Richard Bryant have recently published a book chapter in Tilapia in Intensive C0-culture. Their chapter, chapter 17, is titled, "The Economics of Small-Scale Tilapia Aquaculture in the United States."

Tilapia in Intensive Co-culture

Peter W. Perschbacher (Editor), Robert R. Stickney (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-97066-9

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

Please follow the link below for more information on this publication:




2016 Aquaculture Webinar Series Available

The U.S. Aquaculture Society (USAS), North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) and National Aquaculture Association (NAA) produced an aquaculture webinar series during 2016 that features 14 current and timely aquaculture topics presented by knowledgeable speakers. The webinars were:

  • Aquaponics - How to do it yourself!
  • Mandatory Inspection of Fish of the Order Siluriformes
  • Labeling Requirements for Siluriformes Fish and Fish Products
  • What You Need to Know About Biosecurity
  • How to Design Your Biosecurity Plan
  • Recreational Fish Pond Management
  • The HACCP Approach to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species by Aquaculture and Baitfish Operations
  • U.S. Farm-Raised Finfish and Shellfish 101
  • Regulatory Costs of U.S. Aquaculture Businesses
  • Branding Opportunities for Oyster Farmers
  • Seafood in the Diet: Benefits and Risks - Farm-Raised and Wild
  • Use of Veterinary Feed Directive Drugs in Aquaculture
  • Social Media: An Introduction for Successful Use
  • Fish Health: What You Need to Know as an Aquaculture Producer

To access these webinars, visit http://thenaa.net via your desktop computer or mobile device and select "Webinars" from the menu.

The NAA website is packed with information. Please explore NAA's webpages to find downloadable publications, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Kids Corner, recipes, video interviews describing aquaculture sustainability and the value and benefits of seafood to human health, and a wealth of additional information. If there is a topic that is missing, please contact the NAA office at 850-216-2400 or naa@thenaa.net.


New Edition of the Guide to Using Drugs, Biologics and Other Chemicals in Aquaculture Available

A new edition of the Guide to Using Drugs, Biologics, and Other Chemicals in Aquaculture has just been released. The new edition includes updates regarding recent changes to antibiotic drug accessibility and descriptions of the most common fish diseases.

All aquaculture operations have occasional demand for drugs, biologics, and other chemicals, collectively referred to as "regulated products." The Guide was developed by the American Fisheries Society, Fish Culture Section, as a comprehensive introduction to the use of regulated products in aquaculture and a resource for fisheries professionals.

The Guide provides updated information on aquaculture drugs and contacts for providing feedback. A companion treatment calculator is available in Excel formats. These tools are indispensable for those in need of detailed information regarding the legal and judicious use of these products in aquaculture.

To access the Guide and treatment calculators, click on: http://fishculture.fisheries.org/working-group-on-aquaculture-drugs-chemicals-biologics/wgadcb-resources-tools/guide-to-using-drugs-biologics-and-other-chemicals-in-aquaculture/.


The Future Of Food Is Wet And Salty

Forbes recently published an article titled, The Future Of Food Is Wet And Salty, detailing aquaculture as food.

Aquaculture is an umbrella term that describes seafood farming in all its iterations, including growing saltwater fish and shellfish in the ocean, and freshwater fish in recirculating systems on land. Aquaculture isn't new–some methods, like traditional Hawaiian fishponds and oyster farming as practiced in Ancient Rome, are age-old practices. But much of the rapidly expanding aquaculture industry today is thriving on new technologies and techniques. And this industry–especially the ocean-based iterations of it–represents the future of food.

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Dr. Andrew Ray Publishes Article in Ohio State University Newsletter

Dr. Andrew Ray, Assistant Professor of Aquaculture Production, published an article in the December issue of Buckeye Aquafarming, an extension publication from Ohio State University. The article is titled "The basics of biofloc aquaculture systems," and details some of the opportunities and issues surrounding the intensive aquaculture systems that Dr. Ray works with at KSU.

Biofloc systems get their name from small "floc" particles suspended in the water column which are largely composed of microorganisms. These microbes help to maintain proper water quality and provide supplemental nutrition to animals such as shrimp, thereby recycling nutrients and lowering the animal feed conversion rate.

Link to Full Buckeye Aquafarming Newsletter


Americans Are Eating More Fish, But Still Not Enough

This week is all about turkey. But year round, Americans are making room on their plates for more fish and other seafood.

We ate an average of 15.5 pounds of it in 2015, continuing a three-year rise, says a recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

But here's the catch: That's roughly one 4-ounce serving each week, or half the 8 ounces recommended for most adults in U.S. dietary guidelines. The American Heart Association also urges adults to eat two fish meals a week.

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New FDA Aquacultured Seafood Information Page
FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has developed a webpage focusing on this topic which was designed to "... provide content about aquacultured seafood, including consumer information, guidance for industry, and education and outreach. The webpage covers topics specifically related to the safety of aquacultured seafood, and sections of the webpage are Facts about Aquacultured Seafood, Foreign Country Assessments, Good Aquaculture Practices, Frequently Asked Questions, and Additional Resources ..."

Web site: Source: November 10, 2016 FDA Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance e-mail update, titled "Aquacultured Seafood Webpage Now Available"

The FDA Aquacultured Seafood topic page:


The FDA topic page on Seafood:


Questions about aquaculture may be directed to the Office of Food Safety of the Division of Seafood Safety, a unit of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, Maryland at 240 402 2300; e-mail: SeafoodHACCP@FDA.gov



Certificate Degree in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences

Certificate Degree in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences

In the United States over 90% of the seafood consumed is imported. Aquaculture is now the world's leading provider of seafood and the fastest growing segment of world agriculture. The Division of Aquaculture is KSU's Program of Distinction and is highly regarded in both research and academics. KSU offers more online aquaculture courses than any university in the U.S. A Certificate Degree in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences can be earned by completing 12 hrs of Aquaculture (AQU) courses, with a grade of "C" or better, within five years of beginning the initial course work. Courses can be online, classroom, or any combination. To enroll, students must first be admitted to the University on either a degree seeking or non-degree seeking basis. Work completed for the Certificate Degree may later be applied toward the Bachelor of Agriculture, Food, and Environment (AFE) degree.

Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences Certificate Program

The Certificate Degree in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences will require a minimum of 12 credit hours of course work chosen by the student from the Division of Aquaculture offerings (AQU prefix). These can either be classroom or online classes. Only classes in which students receive a "C" or better will count toward the Certificate Degree. These classes can also count toward the Aquaculture Systems option for the B.S. in Aquaculture, Food, and Environment (AFE) and/or the Aquaculture Minor should the student pursue a high degree.

Available Online Courses
To earn the Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences Certificate entirely online, you must complete four (Students choice) of the following online courses:

AQU 407: Fish Genetics

AQU 411: Fish Diseases

AQU 422: Principles of Aquaculture

AQU 427: Fish Reproduction & Spawning Techniques

AQU 451: Survey of Production Methods

AQU 460: Water Quality Management


Click Here For The Full Brochure


Dr. Boris Gomelsky Has Published Amazon Kindle eBook "Fish Genetics"

Dr. Boris Gomelsky has recently published an Amazon Kindle eBook "Fish Genetics". This eBook is intended for koi hobbyists and culturists. Below is the corresponding link to the book:


If you click on the book cover on the Amazon website, you can see a preview of the book.



10 - Year NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Vision

"10-Year NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Vision". The purpose of this 10-year vision is to: (1) determine Sea Grant's most appropriate roles over the next 10 years; and (2) identify priority research and outreach strategies leading to sustainable economic development, environmental conservation and social well-being.

Please Click the Link Below for the Full Publication:

10 - Year NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Vision




Foodchain Aquaponics


This video discusses aquaponics at Foodchain, a local business located in Lexington, KY.


Dr. Andrew Ray's Research Published in the Global Aquaculture Advocate

"Comparing Chemoautotrophic- and Heterotrophic- Based Systems Receiving Different Carbohydrate Sources"

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Constructing Fish Tanks in High Tunnel Greenhouses


This video was shot at the Kentucky State University High Tunnel Complex. High tunnels are relatively simple greenhouse structures commonly used to extend the growing season of crops. In this video Dr. Andrew Ray describes some large fish tanks that have been constructed with wooden frames and rubber liners. The fish tanks are being used to grow tilapia, with the goal of getting market-sized fish in one growing season in Kentucky. Time-lapse and underwater video footage help to illustrate Dr. Ray's points.


Dr. Sid Dasgupta, Richard Bryant, and Alejandro Velasquez recently published an article in World Aquaculture Magazine titled, "Local Food Markets For Catfish In Kentucky."

Click here for the complete article


Team Gomelsky Publishes Two Aquaculture Articles

Dr. Gomelsky and his team recently published two articles in new issues of North American Journal of Aquaculture. The first article describes ploidy variability and viability of fish obtained from triploid koi females. It is typically considered that triploid fish are sterile. However, triploid
koi females, which were obtained at the Aquaculture Research Center at Kentucky State University, developed large ovaries and appeared to be fertile. The data presented in the article shows that fish obtained by crossing triploid koi females with normal diploid koi males are aneuploids and
have intermediate ploidy between diploid (2n) to triploid (3n) level. This indicates that triploid females produce aneuploid eggs with unbalanced chromosome numbers.

Read Full Article Here

The second article describes inheritance of red eyes in koi. Red eyes is a trait typical for albino fish or other animals. However, data presented in this article shows that trait "red eyes" in koi is under control by not albino but by another demelanization mutation. In experimental progenies red-eyed fish with black (melanin) pigmentation on body were identified. Also, crossing of red-eyed koi with wild-type colored common carp resulted in appearance of fish with black eyes and light body color. These studies were supported by USDA Evans Allen and State's Program of Distinction funds.

Read Full Article Here


Dr. Boris Gomelsky Publishes Video On Koi Breeding



Dr. Boris Gomelsky and KSU Aquaculture graduate students spawned koi in the hatchery this Spring. Video was recorded, edited and posted onto YouTube. This video demonstrates the process of koi artificial breeding and includes stripping of eggs and sperm from koi broodstock, and artificial fertilization of eggs. In order to remove adhesiveness, after fertilization eggs are placed in McDonald incubation jars where they are vigorously moved in water/milk suspension by air bubbles for 50-60 minutes. Then air flow is substituted with water flow for further incubation of eggs.

Video edited by Charles Weibel



Scale-Transparency and Red-Eye Mutations in Koi


Dr. Boris Gomelsky, KSU Aquaculture Professor, describes two mutations in koi and demonstrates mutant fish from experimental progenies.

Video edited by Charles Weibel



Growing Marine Shrimp in a Biofloc System


This video was shot during a harvest of the indoor marine shrimp production system at Kentucky State University's Aquaculture Research Center. Dr. Andrew Ray describes some of the benefits and concepts behind biofloc-based aquaculture. The video serves as an introduction to this relatively new and exciting topic which can be used to grow marine shrimp in practically any building, allowing fresh, whole, jumbo shrimp to be grown near and sold to a variety of inland markets.


Dr. Jim Tidwell on GCTV with Bill Miller


Dr. Jim Tidwell, Chair of Kentucky State University's Division of Aquaculture and past-president of both the US Aquaculture Society and the World Aquaculture Society, discusses how to deal with dwindling fish supplies and overfishing.



Aquaponics - An Integrated Fish and Plant Production System





Alltech-KSU Research Alliance Focus on Aquaculture Sustainability



To learn more about aquaculture & agriculture sustainability and the research alliance between Alltech and Kentucky State University, click on the link below.












Aquaculture Online Courses

Pink Button Water Quality Management
Water chemistry as it relates to aquaculture and recreational pond management.


Brown button Fish Reproduction & Spawning Techniques
This course includes recorded lectures and practical demonstration videos. Instructor: Dr. Boris Gomelsky

Green ButtonFish Genetics
Emphasis is on practical applications in Aquaculture and Fisheries. Instructor: Dr. Boris Gomelsky boris.gomelsky@kysu.edu

Blue ButtonPrinciples of Aquaculture
This Internet class features video lectures over PowerPoint slides. Instructor: Dr. Jim Tidwell james.tidwell@kysu.edu

red button Fish Diseases
This course taught by Dr. Robert Durborow


Yellow Button Survey of Production Methods
This Internet class features video lectures over PowerPoint slides. Instructor: Dr. Jim Tidwell james.tidwell@kysu.edu



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