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Bass, Largemouth
Bluegill, Hybrid
Carp, Common
Perch, Yellow
Prawn (Shrimp)
Red Claw Crayfish
Nathan Cochran
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A Farmers Market & Local Food

Promotional Program Grant Writing Workshop

April 16th, 2015

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Food News and Chews Record Episode at KSU Aquaculture

Food News and Chews is a improbable pairing of co-host Chef Jeremy
Ashby of Azur Restaurant and Patio and cook-aphobic Sylvia Lovely.
The show is more than a cooking show. It is also about food and the role
it plays in our lives and culture. Chef Jeremy and Sylvia visited KSU
Aquaculture to record an episode and to interview Angela Caporelli
from the Department of Agriculture, Dr. James Tidwell and Janelle
Hager from the ARC. During the show Chef Jeremy will
be cooking with some of the vegetables and tilapia grown in the
aquaponics system at KSU. The show will air sometime in April. For
more information on Food News and Chews please visit their website:

Photos by Charles Weibel


KSU Aquaculture Research Center Battles Disease Through Fisheries Restoration

Schistosomiasis is a chronic parasitic disease caused by blood flukes of the genus Schistosoma. Schistosomes are dependent on two hosts to complete their life cycle, an intermediate freshwater snail host and a definitive (adult form) vertebrate host which includes humans. The adult parasites can live for decades and cause progressive damage to organ tissues such as the bladder, liver and intestines and can eventually result in mortality. Free-living Schistosomes are transmitted by direct contact with water sources inhabited by snails. One of the most heavily infected areas in the world is the Senegal River basin in which the outbreak of the disease occurred following the construction of a dam in 1986.

Image Courtesy of Public Health Image Library

The African river prawn is a large decapod crustacean endemic to the west coast of Africa from the Senegal River to Angola. Prior to dam construction, the Senegal River basin supported an artisanal prawn fishery extending from the coast to more than 200 miles inland. Due to a dependence on brackish water to complete their life cycle, prawns have now been extirpated from the upper freshwater portion of the Senegal River basin. Due to its relatively large size, high market value and tendency to consume medically important snails, M. vollenhovenii has been proposed as a candidate for commercial aquaculture and as an agent for biological control of schistosomiasis in Senegal.

The ability of a species-specific larvaculture technology is the primary bottleneck to production of the species for either commercial or fisheries use. To date little research has been done related to the propagation of this particular species. As authorities in the development of production technologies for a similar species of freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii, Kentucky State University (KSU) researchers have been contracted to assist in larviculture development of M. vollenhovenii. Larval development in Palimonidae crustaceans is complicated by a relatively long hatchery phase where larvae undergo several stages of transformational development before reaching the post-larval stage where they are ready for freshwater. Larviculture technologies are to be developed at KSU and then transferred to Senegal through on-site training.

The project mission is to restore native prawn populations in the Senegal River basin for the purpose of disease and poverty alleviation through fisheries restoration and aquaculture development. This is a multi-faceted intergrated project with many arms working together and some independently to achieve this common goal. Several different funding agencies have supported this project including the National Science Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and Grand Challenges Canada. Researchers from six countries and a dozen universities are involved based on their expertise in specialized areas from epidemiology to economics. At KSU, this research will support two graduate student research assistanceships and a full time research associate for two years. The project duration is four years overall with four planned missions to Senegal.

KSU system photos provided by Charles Weibel


Fish Farming International Video: Sustainable Aquaculture for Food Security




KSU Faculty, Staff and Students Take Part in Aquaculture America 2015

Aquaculture America Annual Meeting was held in New Orleans,
Louisiana last month. Kentucky State University was well represented
at the conference. The following is a list of KSU presentations at the
annual meeting:

Dr. Sid Dasgupta presented "Marketing of Adult Red Claw Crayfish, Cherax quadricarinatus in Farmers' Markets."

Dr. James Tidwell presented "Effect of Feed Pellet Characteristics on
Growth and Feed Conversion Efficiency of Largemouth Bass raised in

Dr. William Wurts presented "Applying Equations for Channel Catfish
Food Conversion Ratios and Feeding Rates."

Graduate student Thomas A. Delomas presented "Spontaneous
Gynogenesis and Androgenesis in Second Generation Koi x Goldfish

Graduate student Luke Oliver presented "Overview of Production and
Marketability of Several Vegetable Crops Reared Under Different Light
Technologies in an Indoor Aquaponic System."

Dr. Vikas Kumar presented "Comparative Fatty Acids Profiles of Yellow
Perch Under Controlled and Natural Culture Conditions" and "Effects of
Isolated Jatropah Curcas - Phytate on Minerals Composition of Nile

Richard Bryant presented "Economics of Production Processing and
Local Marketing of Catfish: Opportunities for Farmers' Market Producer-
Venders in Kentucky."

Dr. Andrew Ray presented "Applications and Advancements in Biofloc

Forrest Wynne presented "Irrigating Late Summer Corn with Channel
Catfish Pond Water in Western Kentucky: a Demonstration Project."






April 14, 2015

KSU Research and Development Farm, Frankfort, KY


Farmers Market & Local Food

Promotional Program Grant Writing Workshop

April 16th, 2015

KSU Aquaculture Research Center, Frankfort, KY

Click here for more information


2015 Sustainability Symposium, Local Foods: Perceptions and Misconceptions

May 15, 2015

KSU Research and Development Farm, Frankfort, KY






Aquaculture Online Courses

Pink ButtonWater 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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