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Considering aquaculture? Dive into OSU field day

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Written Friday, July 23, 2004  

For new insight into aquaculture production, marketing and business planning, dive into the 2004 Aquaculture Field Day, Aug. 7 at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, Ohio.

"Our field days are always a great way for people to learn more about aquaculture," said Laura Tiu, OSU South Centers aquaculture specialist. "People who are considering getting into it can actually see aquaculture in progress, ask questions and talk to others in the business."

The field day runs from 1-5 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, which includes an aquaculture beginners packet. Space is limited. Call by July 30 to register.

Presentations include business planning by the Ohio Small Business Development Center; species selection by Paul O'Bryant, South Centers research assistant; and production methods by Geoff Wallat, South Centers aquaculture specialist.

Also: pond construction and seining demonstration by Wallat, South Centers research scientist Hanping Wang and South Centers student intern Russ McDonald; cage culture and construction by Dean Rapp, South Centers research assistant; and a producers forum by Bob Calala, president of the Ohio Aquaculture Association.

This year's field day also features a tour of the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Development. Participants will receive pond construction tips and have the chance to net freshwater shrimp out of a pond.

Members of the Ohio Aquaculture Association will be on hand to answer questions.

The OSU South Centers are located at 1864 Shyville Road in Piketon.

To register or for more information, contact Cindy Lewis at (740) 289-2071 or by e-mail at lewis.613@osu.edu , or visit the South Centers aquaculture Web page at http://www.southcenters.osu.edu/aqua/ .

The field day is sponsored by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Sea Grant Program and the North Central Region Aquaculture Center at Michigan State University.

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