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Intensive aeration of channel catfish ponds. Six 10-hp aerators (one out of sight to the left) being used in a ten-acre catfish pond.
Blue catfish fingerlings feeding on the surface. Blues are used to cross with channel catfish to produce hybrid catfish which perform better in commercial ponds.
Catfish swim-up fry in hatchery
Hybrid catfish harvested as two-pound food fish one year after fingerlings were stocked
The mission of the Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit is to develop technologies that improve the efficiency, profitability, and sustainability of fish farming in the United States. This mission will be accomplished by developing improved fish strains and hybrids and by developing better production technologies. Advances in applied breeding will rely on information derived from research in quantitative and qualitative genetics, reproduction, physiology, immunology, molecular and cellular genetics, and bioinformatics. Hatchery and pond management technologies will be developed to provide environmental conditions that maximize performance of genetically improved fish.