Maintaining a backyard pond specifically for recreation is a dream many people have but few will ever be able to enjoy because of the large expanse of land it takes to have a 1 acre pond. Aquaculture can provide a chance for some of us to have the next best thing and that is a producing food pond in the form of a small pool.
The smell of catfish frying wafting over the grounds of Sunbelt Expo always draws a big crowd and this year the Aquaculture Team will have some science-based and practical tips on producing and processing commercial and recreational aquaculture crops.
A sampling of fried catfish will be available from the Southeastern Catfish Growers and in cooperation with the host universities. The deep fried, distinctively Southern delicacy always draws a crowd to the Expo Aquaculture exhibit.
Fish ponds at the Aquaculture Center will provide an opportunity for anglers young and old to see up-close-and-personal how to manage a recreation pond and how to catch fish.
In addition to the hands-on activities available at the Sunbelt Aquaculture Center, visitors will have an opportunity to attend a series of timely and informational seminars, presented by aquaculture scientists from around the Southeast.
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Fish farming is popular in the south as witnessed by an event called the Sunbelt Expo. Aquaculture displays and experts from across the southeastern U.S. will show how to do it for fun and profit. Just a 1,000 gallon tank or old above ground pool can provide up to 250 tilapia every six months. The fish that you cannot consume can be sold to markets, restaurants, and diners in your area.