BY JARRETT MOBLEY
One OF The newest and most talked-about
sections of the Sunbelt Ag expo is Aquaponics — and it is also becoming more relevant
in today’s aquaculture.
Aquaponics brings the science of fisheries to life, while providing a wholesome and
nutritional protein source along the way.
expo will also feature introduction to aquaponics seminars led by Dr. David Cline, Auburn
university, as well as seminars on how to adapt
aquaponics for commercial sales by Dr. Gary
burtle, university of Georgia, so you can turn
your love for fish into a cutting edge career.
There will also be seminars to help reconstruct your once magic fishing hole back the
way it used to be. Plan your day around being
able to attend the pond management and
aquaculture seminars led by Dr. Chuck Cichra,
university of Florida. his expertise and advice
can help bring your pond back to legendary
status, and show you a few interesting tips and
tricks for managing your favorite fishing spot.
bence Carter, Auburn university, will offer
useful tips for controlling weeds in your pond.
We’ve all been there: You cast into the perfect
spot, and think you’ve caught the biggest fish
on the face of the earth. but when you reel
and reel and get your catch to the bank, you
find you’ve caught a nice big pile of weeds. To
prevent this from happening, stop by for the
weed control seminar so the next time you
cast into the perfect spot, maybe you’ll come
out with the monster fish of your dreams
because you applied what you learned at
the expo weed control seminar.
Specialists will be on-hand each day to
provide digital weed ID — bring a photo of
your pond weed and the expert will identify
and tell you how to eliminate it.
Weeds may not be the only pest making
it hard to fish; there are also otters, beavers,
and birds, which can take over your pond and
make it impossible to fish. but, don’t worry. Sit
back and relax because Mr. Carter is ready to
help you get rid of all these nuisance pond life
animals. his seminar will allow you to manage
the wildlife, and hopefully you will no longer
have to worry about nuisance animals stealing your fish and messing up your favorite
After attending the seminars on pond
management, and to have more successful
fishing trips, there will be an opportunity to
learn more about everyone’s favorite part of
fishing: cleaning the day’s catch. Swing on by
to see Dr. John Jensen and Claude Reeves from
Auburn university offer tips on how to filet fish.
After you learn how best to clean fish, expo
also will be hosting cooking demonstrations,
using recipes that showcase u.S farm-raised
catfish being served by chef Chris Wilton and
Dr. David Cline, along with Dr. John Jensen
and Mr. Claude Reeves. Some of the recipes
that will be demonstrated will be catfish
boudin made with catfish nuggets. A catfish
steam bun will also be featured, and you’ll
have an opportunity to have your photo
made with Captain Catfish himself, sponsored
by u.S. Farm-Raised Catfish.
Finally, Alabama catfish farmers will be
handing out samples of u.S farm-raised
catfish late morning and late afternoon.
If you have a question about aquaculture
and pond management, there will be an “Ask
The experts” booth each day to help provide
answers about aquaculture and pond management and to identify weeds in digital
photos that visitors bring to the booth.
It’s never a bad day to go fishing at Sunbelt Ag expo
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