January 11, 2017 - USDA’s Farm Service Agency Expands Bridges to Opportunity Nationwide (Read full news release)

December 26, 2016 - Learn about Hybrid Blood Parrot Cichlid Production

The Hybrid Blood Parrot Cichlid is a freshwater ornamental fish known for its unusual shape and “personality.” Being very docile compared to other cichlids, they can be kept in aquaria with almost any other fish. Researchers at The Ohio State University have developed techniques for the production of this fish, including artificial spawning, larval rearing, and juvenile grow out and have met with great results. Learn more about this particular hybrid and find contact information to obtain Hybrid Cichlid by clicking here.

December 16, 2016 - SBA Announces Loans for Draught-Stricken Counties

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Ohio as a result of the drought that began on May 10, 2016. This disaster declaration includes the following counties: Allen, Auglaize, Darke, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Lucas, Mercer, Putnam, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams and Wood in Ohio.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

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December 12, 2016 - Registration Open for 2017 OAA-ABC Ohio Aquaculture Conference

We didn't think we could do it, but we are pretty sure we've topped last year's conference with yet another informative two-day event filled with lots of networking opportunities. It will once again be held at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, January 27-28, 2017. We are bringing back the vendors for one of the largest state aquaculture and aquaponics trade shows and more educational sessions featuring seasoned fish farmers and industry specialists.

Don't miss our pre-conference workshop that will focus on enhancing profits through cooperative opportunities. Click on Events to find all of the details and don't miss the early-bird registration deadline of January 16. We hope to see you in Columbus January 27-28!

December 5, 2016 - New Executive Order on Invasive Species Issued

Below are notes from Chris Weeks regarding the new Executive Order -- Safeguarding the Nation from the Impacts of Invasive Species. Read Full Order

As a quick read, this is noted as an expansion to Executive Order 13112, and it appears that much of this is in place at present.  Numerous assessments have been conducted and there have been 3 National Invasive Species Council Management Plans developed since 2001.

Additions in section 4 include a report on public health impacts, consideration of climate change and open data and analytics.

These are in some stage of existence at present, now they are in legislation. Additional comments are certainly welcome.

Chris Weeks, PhD, Michigan State University
Aquaculture Extension Specialist, North Central Region
517-353-2298 /

November 10, 2016 - Aquacultured Seafood Webpage Now Available

FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has developed a webpage to provide content about aquacultured seafood, including consumer information, guidance for industry, and education and outreach. The webpage covers topics specifically related to the safety of aquacultured seafood, and sections of the webpage are Facts about Aquacultured Seafood, Foreign Country Assessments, Good Aquaculture Practices, Frequently Asked Questions, and Additional Resources. View the Aquacultured Seafood Webpage.

September 16, 2016 - Aquaculture Boot Camp II Recruiting New Fish Farmers

Applications due November 15, 2016

The Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at The Ohio State University South Centers is offering 30 new and beginning fish farmers an in-depth introduction to aquaculture and aquaponics and the business of fish farming through a yearlong program.

Called Aquaculture Boot Camp-2 or ABC-2, the program’s goal is to increase the number of fish farmers in the region. During the intensive program, participants will take part in 16 days of training, including 12 one-day intensive classroom and hands-on sessions on aquaculture, aquaponics and business, three aquaculture/aquaponics workshops, and a farm tour. Participants will also have the opportunity to work on an operating fish farm. Click here to read the full news release and find application information. Applications are due Nov. 15, 2016.

July 8, 2016 - Aquaculture is Driving Global Per Capita Seafood Consumption

Global per capita fish consumption has risen to above 20 kilograms a year for the first time, thanks to stronger aquaculture supply and firm demand, record hauls for some key species and reduced wastage, according to a new United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization, (UN FAO) report entitled, “The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture.” Yet despite notable progress in some areas, the state of the world's marine resources has not improved, the latest edition of the UN agency’s report says that almost a third of commercial fish stocks are now fished at biologically unsustainable levels, triple the level of 1974. Global total capture fishery production in 2014 was 93.4 million tonnes, including output from inland waters, up slightly over the previous two years. Alaska pollock was the top species, replacing anchoveta for the first time since 1998 and offering evidence that effective resource management practices have worked well. Record catches for four highly valuable groups - tunas, lobsters, shrimps and cephalopods - were reported in 2014. Global aquaculture production rose to 73.8 million tonnes in 2014, a third of which comprised molluscs, crustaceans and other non-fish animals. Importantly in terms of both global food security and environmental sustainability, about half of the world's aquaculture production of animals - often shellfish and carp - and plants - including seaweeds and microalgae - came from non-fed species. While China remains the leading nation for aquaculture, production is expanding even faster elsewhere, the report notes. In Nigeria, aquaculture output is up almost 20-fold over the past two decades, and all of sub-Saharan Africa is not far behind. Chile and Indonesia have also posted remarkable growth, as have Norway and Vietnam - now the world's No. 2 and No. 3 fish exporters. Aquaculture's strengths and challenges are also influencing what fish end up on our plates. The report shows that, measured as a share of world trade in value terms, salmon and trout are now the largest single commodity, an honor that for decades belonged to shrimp. To access the complete report, click on here.

March 28, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $41 million in a three-year initiative to support the work of farmers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana to improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). The initiative helps farmers and ranchers implement science-based conservation measures to reduce runoff from farms entering the region's waterways. Read more...