Cocahoe Minnows

Chris Green, Assistant Professor of Aquaculture, Louisiana State University AgCenter

Cocahoe minnows (photo courtesy of Chris Green, Louisiana State University AgCenter).

Cocahoe ninnows (Fundulus grandis) are top minnows native to the intertidal marshes of the Gulf of Mexico waters. They are known by other names including: mud minnows, bull minnows, and Gulf kilifish. As a common estuarine species, it is often consumed by game fish, thus making it a popular live baitfish for marine anglers. Throughout their range, …

Fathead Minnows

Fathead Minnows (Pimephales promelas)

Vanessa Weldon, Extension Associate, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Rosy red fathead minnows (photo courtesy of Nathan Stone, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff).

The fathead minnow is a small, thick-bodied fish with a blunt head and small mouth. Normal fathead minnows are dark olive on the upper body, shading to a silver color on the sides and abdomen. The rosy red minnow is light pinkish-orange and is a color variant of the …

Tilapia

Tilapia (photo courtesy of Greg Lutz, Louisiana State University AgCenter).

Greg Lutz, Extension Professor, Louisiana State University AgCenter

Tilapia Production

Tilapia, the common name for a group of several cichlid species native to Africa and the Middle East, are grown in many parts of the world and in a variety of production systems ranging from small, fertilized ponds to industrial-scale, export-driven farm operations. During the past decade, tilapia became the second-most commonly consumed farmed fish on the planet, surpassed only …

Catfish Farming

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Nathan Stone, Extension Section Leader-Aquaculture, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Channel catfish (photo courtesy of David Cline, Auburn University).

Catfish is the “king” of U.S. aquaculture in terms of pounds produced and total value. The majority of catfish production occurs in the South, in the states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. This southern delicacy is raised in earthen ponds filled with well water and fed a floating, grain-based diet. Catfish …

Goldfish

Vanessa Weldon, Extension Associate, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Goldfish in a recirculating system (photo courtesy of David Cline, Auburn University).

Goldfish (Carassius auratus) were introduced into the United States in the late 1600s and are now widespread across the continent. While the goldfish is non-indigenous, it is not a particularly invasive species and normally does not reach problematic densities in the wild. The goldfish is a good example of a non-native species that has widespread distribution …

Hybrid Striped Bass

Vanessa Weldon, Extension Associate, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Hybrid striped bass is a hybrid of the striped bass, Morone saxatilis, crossed with any other of the Moronid species. The main species crossed with the striped bass is the white bass, Morone chrysops. The striped bass is anadromous (meaning it lives in saltwater and breeds in freshwater) native to the East Coast of the United States. White bass is a freshwater fish native to the Mississippi River …

Baitfish

Vanessa Weldon, Extension Associate, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Baitfish

The freshwater recreational fishing industry pours billions of dollars of revenue into the nation’s economy, a portion of which is spent on purchasing live bait. Wild-caught baitfish cannot provide a consistent, high-quality supply to meet the demands of fishermen. Farmed-raised baitfish does so quite effectively. According to the Census of Aquaculture, 257 baitfish farms produced $38 million worth of baitfish in 2005 (USDA 2006). The farm-raised baitfish industry began …

Crawfish

Sacks of harvested crawfish (photo courtesy of Greg Lutz, Louisiana State University AgCenter).

Greg Lutz, Extension Professor, Louisiana State University AgCenter

Crawfish Production

Although the majority of the U.S. crawfish industry is found in Louisiana, these crustaceans are grown in many other states as well, including (but not limited to) Texas, California, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, the Carolinas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Ohio. Crawfish production typically relies on encouraging natural food sources for the crawfish; direct feeding is not practical from an …

Trout

 

 

Trout

Gary Fornshell, Extension Educator/Aquaculture, University of Idaho

Trout Culture

The trout industry in the United States traces its roots back to the mid-1800s. America’s westward expansion created more demand on local fish populations. The development of an artificial spawning system for egg incubation and early rearing of fry …

Yellow Perch Aquaculture

Vanessa Weldon, Extension Associate, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Large female yellow perch (courtesy of Cecil Baird, Baird Fish Taxidermy & Fish Farm, Ligonier, Indiana).

Yellow perch, Perca flavenscens, is a sportfish found throughout the Great Lakes region and highly valued for its high-quality, firm, white, flaky flesh (Hinshaw 2006). A commercial fishery established for yellow perch yielded as high as 37 million pounds through the 1950s and ’60s but nearly collapsed shortly thereafter (Scott and Crossman 1973). …