2014 Meeting


2014 Catfish Industry Update Meeting

Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences (SFAAS) Aquaculture and Fisheries Business Institute & Alabama Fish Farming Center (AFFC) Demopolis, Alabama – December 16,2014

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:20 Welcome and Setting the Stage,Terry Hanson,AU SFAAS

  • John McMillan, Commissioner, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
  • Gary Lemme, Extension Director, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
  • Will Pearce, Chairman, Alabama Catfish Producers


9:20 – 9:45 State of the US Farm-Raised Catfish Industry

  • By the Numbers, Terry Hanson, AU SFAAS
  • Producer Perspective – Townsend Kyser, Executive Committee, Catfish Farmers of America
  • Processor Perspective – Randy Rhodes, Harvest Select Catfish

9:45 – Noon – AU School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences Research Updates

  • Catfish Genetics – Eric Peatman & Ginger Stuckey, AU SFAAS
  • In-Pond Raceway System -Jesse Chappell & Wilson Holland, AU SFAAS
  • Aeromonas hydrophila- Bill Hemstreet, Alabama Fish Farming Center (AFFC) & Jeff Terhune, AU SFAAS
  • Reduced Chemical Treatment Costs – Lisa Bott, AFFC


Noon -12:45 Lunch – AFBI Award Presentations, Karen Veverica -AU Masters of Aquaculture Program, and Mary Catherine Gaston,AU College of Agriculture – Communications

12:45 -1:15 Sponsor Recognition and Other West Alabama Aquaculture Companies

  • Algix, Mike VanDrunen, CEO
  • Alabama Protein, Bill Kyser
  • Alabama Inland Shrimp Producers Association, Davie Teichert-Coddi ngton

1:15 – 2:30 AU School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences Research Updates

  • Catfish Genetics – Rex Dunham, AU SFAAS
  • Ammonia in Alabama Catfish Ponds – Claude Boyd, AU SFAAS
  • Yield Verification -Terry Hanson, AU SFAAS, Luke Roy, UAPB, Lisa Bott & Greg Whitis, AFFC
  • Fish/Shellfish Nutrition – Allen Davis, AU SFAAS

2:30 Meeting Evaluation

2:45 Drawing for the Big Prize provided by the Alabama Catfish Feed Mill Adjourn


Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Alabama Catfish Feed Mill        Pentair    ALFA-Alabama Catfish Producers             Southfresh

Harvest Select      In-Situ        The Catfish Institute