Alabama Fish Farming Center

The mission of the Alabama Fish Farming Center (AFFC) is to provide technical and educational support to the aquaculture industry in west Alabama. The AFFC, located 150 miles from Auburn University in Greensboro, serves as a conduit for communication between the fish farming industry, Auburn University’s research and extension community, and state/federal agencies to support the development of the aquaculture industry.  The faculty and staff at the AFFC provide fish disease diagnostic services, expertise in water quality and aquatic vegetation identification, and recommendations on the management of private ponds and lakes for recreational fishing.

West ALABAMA AQUACULTURE

Three fishermen pulling net of catfish into boatWest Alabama is the center of commercial aquaculture production in the state of Alabama.  Currently, there are 17,450 water acres in production of channel and hybrid catfish on 77 commercial farms primarily in Dallas, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, and Sumter counties.  Alabama ranks second in the United States, behind Mississippi,  in terms of catfish production  In addition, there are several producers raising Pacific white shrimp in inland low salinity waters originating from a salt water aquifer.  There are also farmers raising tilapia, crawfish, shad, and several different species of sportfish for recreational markets.

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Research Projects

Researcher works in fish microbiology lab

The Alabama Fish Farming Center serves as a satellite base of operations in west Alabama for applied research conducted by faculty, researchers, and graduate students in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences of Auburn University.  Most often, research is stakeholder driven and focuses on pressing issues facing the Alabama aquaculture industry, particularly the catfish and inland marine shrimp industries.  Current research activities center on fish disease, production related issues, water quality, and aquaculture economics.

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Extension Activities

Three fishermen pulling net of catfish into boatThe Alabama Fish Farming Center serves as a launching pad for numerous extension and education programs. Fish disease diagnostics and water quality support are also offered to the west Alabama aquaculture industry. In addition to providing a venue for the exchange of information, faculty and staff at the Alabama Fish Farming Center are involved in various commercial level extension demonstrations on catfish and shrimp farms in west Alabama.

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Helpful Resources

Explore a variety of helpful educational and professional resources in fisheries and aquaculture.

Alabama Extension
News
Publications
ALEARN

Organizations
Catfish Farmers of America
The Catfish Institute
Alabama Farmers Federation
Southern Regional Aquaculture Center
National Aquaculture Association
U.S. Aquaculture Society

Fish Farming News

Fish Farming News is published by the Alabama Fish Farming Center to provide a variety of helpful research, information and resources to the Alabama fish farming community.

Read Fish Farming News (MARCH 2018)

Meet Our Team
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Jaky J. Broussard
Administrative Support Associate II, Academics
Alabama Fish Farming Center
529 S. Centreville Street
Greensboro, AL 36744
334-624-4016
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Sunni L. Dahl
Research Assistant II
Alabama Fish Farming Center
529 S. Centreville Street
Greensboro, AL 36744
334-624-4016
William G. Hemstreet
Advisor III, Natural Resource Program
Alabama Fish Farming Center
529 S. Centreville Street
Greensboro, AL 36744
334-624-4016
Graduate research assistant Jesse James
Jesse James
Graduate Research Assistant
Alabama Fish Farming Center
529 S. Centreville Street
Greensboro, AL 36744
334-624-4016
Luke Roy
Extension Specialist
Alabama Fish Farming Center
529 S. Centreville Street
Greensboro, AL 36744
334-624-4016
Gregory N. Whitis
Aquaculturist
Alabama Fish Farming Center
529 S. Centreville Street
Greensboro, AL 36744
334-624-4016