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Funded Project #26 - Assessing the Status of Aquaculture Associations in the NCR

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Given the NCRAC goal of “establishing strong and vibrant state aquaculture associations,” it is essential to first have a thorough understanding of 1) why some aquaculture producers choose to join associations and others do not; 2) how producers value the various types of activities undertaken by state associations; 3) what types of services or programs would attract membership; and 4) what barriers and challenges exist to organizing and sustaining state aquaculture associations. Read more about Funded Project #26 - Assessing the Status of Aquaculture Associations in the NCR

Field Assessment of Design and Operation of Midwestern Aquaculture Buildings

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We propose to conduct comprehensive environmental and energy audits of five representative facilities during winter and summer, develop solutions to observed problems, and to disseminate findings and recommendations via publications and presentations to producers, consultants, extension personnel, and other stakeholders.

Chaired by Albert J. Heber Read more about Field Assessment of Design and Operation of Midwestern Aquaculture Buildings

Improving fish health in the NCR by integrating extension with the development of alternative disease prevention methods

Arming producers with practical means of improving farmed fish health in the NCR was identified as a priority need during the 2020 NCR Aquaculture Roundtable Sessions. This is achievable in short term with off-the-shelf tools previously developed by NCRAC-funded projects and regional synergistic efforts. Read more about Improving fish health in the NCR by integrating extension with the development of alternative disease prevention methods

Development of an all-female yellow perch population: A strategic approach using thermal manipulation, sperm selection, and genomic data analysis

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We will analyze sperm from these males using flowcytometry to verify exclusive production of “X” sperm. DNA from “X” sperm will be analyzed against an annotated yellow perch genome, to characterize sex-determining genes. Finally, these selected sperm samples will be cryopreserved and stored in a pilot cryo-bank. Read more about Development of an all-female yellow perch population: A strategic approach using thermal manipulation, sperm selection, and genomic data analysis

Educating a workforce for the aquaculture industry: Matching skill needs of the aquaculture industry with U.S. career and technical education (CTE)

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We plan to develop aquaculture workshops focusing on the needs of the schools and Extension educators, as well as provide access funding for them to attend these workshops. A basic education in aquaculture opens the door for students to attend universities with potential careers in business, engineering and the life sciences, all vital skills required by the aquaculture industry. Read more about Educating a workforce for the aquaculture industry: Matching skill needs of the aquaculture industry with U.S. career and technical education (CTE)

Comprehensive outreach and training program to expand development of NCR aquculture

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This project proposal will complement the webinar series, and enhance learning outcomes for participants by providing multiple hands-on, advanced aquaculture techniques workshops throughout the NCR. Topical areas for these fee-based workshops will include but not be limited to culture techniques for important NCR aquaculture species, advanced aquaculture systems design and management, aquaculture business and marketing, water quality maintenance, advanced fish health diagnostics and aquaculture regulatory issues.

Chaired by D. Allen Pattillo Read more about Comprehensive outreach and training program to expand development of NCR aquculture

Formulation and Assessment of a New Generation of Starter Diets for Largemouth Bass and Yellow Perch Larvae

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We propose to utilize currently available protocols for larval rearing and explore starter diets formulated with new ingredients (variable molecular weight fish protein hydrolyzates), enzyme supplements (yeast expressing fish trypsin) and attractants (inosine monophosphate). Read more about Formulation and Assessment of a New Generation of Starter Diets for Largemouth Bass and Yellow Perch Larvae

Evaluation of Alternative Management Techniques and Systems to Improve Production of Pond-Reared Yellow Perch: Modeling the U.S. Catfish Industry

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The U.S. catfish industry encountered a similar need to be efficient and competitive and developed intensive aeration and split pond designs to increase production levels and ultimately bottom lines. Similar strategies may be applicable to NCR pond production but need to undergo “Proof-of-concept” on-farm trials prior to dissemination to the yellow perch industry and other NCR industries.

Chaired by Matthew A. Smith Read more about Evaluation of Alternative Management Techniques and Systems to Improve Production of Pond-Reared Yellow Perch: Modeling the U.S. Catfish Industry

Supporting and Expanding Aquaculture in the Midwest through Extension and Outreach

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The general focus of this project will be to collaborate with the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center’s (NCRAC’s) Industry Advisory Council (IAC) to develop a sustainable program that will be beneficial for established farmers throughout the Midwest; which will hopefully increase productivity and decrease costs.

Chaired by Matthew A. Smith Read more about Supporting and Expanding Aquaculture in the Midwest through Extension and Outreach

Genetically Improved All-Female Walleye (Sander vitreus) For Intensive Aquaculture Production In The Great Lakes Region

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We propose to optimize and combine two technologies (e.g., sex reversal and triploidy) to produce walleye Sander vitreus with superior production traits. We will produce gynogenetic masculinized walleye and cross these individuals with walleye females. Resulting zygotes will then be subjected to pressure shock, producing triploid (sterile) all-female offspring. Read more about Genetically Improved All-Female Walleye (Sander vitreus) For Intensive Aquaculture Production In The Great Lakes Region

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