Small farmers, landowners with farm ponds and others interested in learning how to use ponds to grow fish in cages for sale to local markets are invited to attend a two-day Cage Aquaculture Forum sponsored by Virginia State University’s Aquaculture Program.
Free and open to the public, the forum will be held beginning Wednesday, April 11 through Thursday, April 12 at VSU’s Cooperative Extension Pavilion located on River Road, Ettrick.
Keynote speaker David Cline, Auburn University aquaculture extension specialist, will discuss “The Future of Cage Aquaculture.” Participants will hear about cage aquaculture from both the farmer’s and extension agent’s viewpoint; learn cage design techniques and fish health principles; and delve into marketing and profit.
Special program features include a site visit to a local farm where fish are being raised in cages and a caged-trout farm pond demonstration.
Since space is limited, interested persons are strongly encouraged to register before or by April 2. Register by contacting Debra B. Jones, VSU administrative assistant, at (804) 524-5496 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For forum details, contact Dr. David Crosby, VSU fish health specialist, at (804) 524-5620 or e-mail email@example.com.
Anyone needing special services or accommodations should call in advance to discuss arrangements.