Philanthropic gesture will help limited-resource aquafarmers

Small-scale Gloucester aquafarmers Cynthia and Donald Perry learned the proper way to test water quality at an aquaculture workshop at Virginia State University.  Although they frequent various VSU-sponsored educational activities to gain additional knowledge about raising fish and shrimp for profit, their attendance at VSU’s recently-held, 24th annual Aquaculture Field Day, was twofold.  Not only on a mission to acquire information on local foods marketing distribution, the Perrys also bore a special gift.  During the event, they formally presented a check for $40,000 to the VSU Foundation to support the Aquaculture Extension Program’s efforts to enhance the development of Virginia’s commercial pond aquaculture industry.  Dr. Brian L. Nerrie, VSU aquaculture extension specialist, said the monetary donation will be used to assist limited-resource Virginia aquafarmers.

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