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Baitfish Farming Focus of Free Workshop

September 21, 2010
La Crosse Fish Health Center
Onalaska, WI

The North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) invites fish farmers, baitfish producers, and interested members of the public to a free workshop on September 21, 2010, at the La Crosse Fish Health Center in Onalaska, Wisconsin.

The one-day workshop will cover the latest research, production techniques, and fish health information related to rearing such popular baitfish as golden shiners, spotfin shiners and hornyhead chubs. An agenda and registration form for the workshop, which runs from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., is available here. Lunch will be provided for those who register by September 16. Registrations will still be accepted the day of the event starting at 8:30 a.m.

"The baitfish industry, which supports huge recreational fisheries in nearly every state, is experiencing a transition from predominately wild capture to farm-raised production techniques," said Chris Weeks, Aquaculture Extension Specialist at Michigan State University. Weeks, along with NCRAC partner Jeff Gunderson, Fisheries and Aquaculture Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program, will be presenting information concerning baitfish regulations and the status of the baitfish industry in the North Central Region at the workshop.

Gunderson reports that Minnesota has the largest baitfish aquaculture industry in the North Central Region, which includes 12 states from Ohio to North Dakota to Missouri. Much of Minnesota's aquaculture is conducted in leased lakes or ponds connected with croplands or wetlands. About 2,000 ponds are licensed for aquaculture in Minnesota, involving a total acreage of about 12 square miles (31 km2). At the workshop, Gunderson will be elaborating on the industry as well as the potential for raising the valuable baitfish, hornyhead chub, in recirculating aquaculture systems.

For more information or to register for NCRAC’s baitfish workshop go to: www.seagrant.umn.edu/downloads/flier_baitfish.pdf; or contact Chris Weeks at: weekschr@msu.edu, or 517-353-2298.

NCRAC is one of the five Regional Aquaculture Centers established by Congress that are administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is an administrative unit serving the twelve states in the North Central Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Minnesota Sea Grant is part of the National Sea Grant Program, which supports 30 similar programs in coastal states throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Minnesota Sea Grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Minnesota.

Posted on August 31, 2010

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