Three-day fish school at VSU

Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University has scheduled its annual three-day Fish School which is focusing on local food production.

The program is designed for anyone who wants to grow their own fish or shrimp in greenhouses, ponds or cages either as a hobby or for profit, explained Dr. Brian L. Nerrie, VSU aquaculture extension specialist.

Free and open to the public, the Fish School will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. daily from Wednesday, July 11 through Friday, July 13 at VSU’s Cooperative Extension Pavilion located on River Road, Ettrick.

The agenda follows:

Wednesday, July  11

Morning discussion topics will include catfish, hybrid striped bass, freshwater shrimp and recreational fish production.  Afternoon hands-on activities will feature pond harvests and shrimp and fish feeding practices.

Thursday, July 12

Discussions will focus on nutrition, water quality, processing, marketing, weed control, and fish health.  Hands-on lab activities will include water quality and a tour of VSU’s fish processing facility.

Friday, July 13
Participants will learn about small-scale aquaculture, recirculating aquaculture systems, greenhouse production systems, aquacultural economics and fish preparation for consumption. Greenhouse limited-scale recirculation and aquaponics production will be the focus of hands-on activities.

Participants can register for the entire session or for individual days.  To register or for more information, call VSU’s Aquaculture Office at (804) 524-5496 or e-mail Nerrie at

Anyone needing special services or accommodations in order to participate should call in advance to discuss arrangements.


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