gre-whitisGregory Whitis

Aquaculturist, Associate Extension Professor

School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences


M.Aq. — Auburn University
B.S. — Iowa State University

professional experience

1981-1983 Graduate Assistant, Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures Department
1987-current State Extension Specialist

honors and awards

Appreciation Award, West Alabama Catfish Producers Association

professional affiliations

World Aquaculture Society
Latin American Chapter, WAS
State Catfish Committee Advisor, Alabama Catfish Producers Association
Alabama Inland Shrimp Producers Association, Secretary/Treasurer, Webmaster
Boy Scouts of America, Scoutmaster, Ecology Director for Black Warrior Council’s Camp Horne
Certified Nuisance Alligator Hunter for Alabama Department of Natural Resources (1990- current)

Research activities

Currently involved in research with split pond production systems, non-lethal production of hybrid catfish, new aeration technologies, bio-assay systems for inland shrimp production, and the commercial harvesting of algae from catfish production ponds.

extension activities

Serve as the state’s extension specialist in West Alabama. Work with producers involved in the culture of various species including catfish, saltwater shrimp, rainbow trout, threadfin shad, tilapia, paddlefish, and crawfish. Also provide extensive technical assistance in design and management of high school aquaculture systems. Provide assistance to Alabama’s numerous private pond owners.

Select Publications

  • Effect of Feeding Rate and Pond Primary Productivity on Growth of Litopenaeus vannamei Reared in Inland Saline Waters of West Alabama
  • Best management practices for channel catfish farming in Alabama
  • Costs and Returns of Catfish Production in Watershed Ponds
  • Comparison of phytoplankton communities in catfish split pond aquaculture systems with conventional ponds.