Resources

Opportunities for aquaculture (fish farming) in Iowa collated by the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers.
Organization dedicated to supporting aquaculture research development, demonstration and education for the western United States. Includes research, funding opportunities, and publications produced by WRAC.
The Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC), headquartered at University of Maryland, College Park (link is external), is one of five Regional Aquaculture Centers established by the U. S. Congress for the United States. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at an annual level of approximately $700,000, and representing 12 states and the District of Columbia, NRAC develops and sponsors cooperative regional research and extension projects in support of the aquaculture industry in the northeastern United States.
The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC) is one of five regional aquaculture centers established by Congress. Projects that are developed and funded by SRAC are based on industry needs and are designed to directly impact commercial aquaculture development in the Southern Region. The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center is sponsored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Learn about the wide variety of fish species found in waterways throughout the state of Iowa. Also learn about the effect water quality has on fish, and how fish populations are managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Collection of articles from the Iowa Outdoors magazine about fishing.
The UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants is a multidisciplinary research, teaching and extension unit directed to develop environmentally sound techniques for the management of aquatic and natural area weed species and to coordinate aquatic plant research activities within the State of Florida. The Center was established in 1978 by the Florida legislature. Directed by Dr. William Haller, the Center utilizes expertise from many departments within UF/IFAS and its Agricultural Research and Education Centers throughout Florida.
Website for Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Aquaculture division. Presents information about the department's research, the Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Laboratory, the Aquaculture Research Breeding Center, events, and news.
Website includes department information for prospective students, information about local fish, research, events, and outreach information. The Division of Aquaculture offers online courses about aquaculture and features educational videos.
Iowa State University's Natural Resource Ecology and Management's website. Includes links to faculty profiles, information for prospective students, research, event information, and other information about the department.
A management approach for environmental enhancement of intensively modified agricultural landscapes. Our team of researchers has been studying the impacts and uses of riparian buffers in the Midwestern USA for over 15 years. The integration of such practices into sustainable agriculture is a key ingredient for success.
Provides information about student researchers, other research organizations, and information about the organization's research projects.
The North American Lake Management Society is focused on the conservation of lakes, streams, ponds, wetlands, and estuaries. Their website includes resources, events, volunteer opportunities, and other information.
The Great Lakes Fishery Commission was established in 1955 by the Canadian/U.S. Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries. The commission coordinates fisheries research, controls the invasive sea lamprey, and facilitates cooperative fishery management among the state, provincial, tribal, and federal management agencies.
The Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership (AADAP) Program is a broad, partnership-based program of national scope located in Bozeman, Montana. Public and private aquaculture in the United States has struggled for many years because of a severe shortage of FDA approved drugs and therapeutants for use in aquatic species. This situation has jeopardized the health and fitness of aquatic species held in captivity, many of which are key to restoration, recovery, and management activities by the FWS and its many partners.
The mission of the Office of Aquaculture is to foster marine aquaculture that creates employment and business opportunities in coastal communities; provides safe, sustainable seafood; and supports healthy ocean populations and ecosystems. Aquaculture is one of a range of technologies needed to meet increasing global demand for seafood, support commercial and recreational fisheries, and restore species and marine habitat.
The Fish and Aquatic Conservation website contains resources for aquaculturists living in the United States. It also provides information for those interested in sports fishing, including links to websites about recreational boating and sports fishing.
The World Aquaculture Society is dedicated to educating aquaculturists around the world. Their website includes links to events the WAS is hosting around the world, research publications, and job opportunities.
The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) is a U.S. producer-based association dedicated to the establishment of national programs that further the common interest of our membership, both as individual producers and as members of the aquaculture industry. We are committed to the continued growth of our industry, to working with the federal government to create a climate conducive to our success, and to fostering cost-effective environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The American Fisheries Society is a professional society for those interested in aquaculture and fish biology. Their website contains resources (including fish-related publications), job offerings, and membership opportunities.
Aquaplant is designed to help pond owners and their advisors in the identification and management of aquatic vegetation. Aquatic vegetation management can be a perplexing problem. The first part of that problem is proper identification. Management of most aquatic plant species depends on properly identifying the desirable or nuisance plant.
Search for information detailed information about a particular fish species. Information is searchable by family, location, ecosystem, and topic.
North Carolina's aquaculture resource hub. Provides information for aquaculturists, including conference information and news from the North Carolina Aquaculture Association.
The Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture provides resources for aquaculture research, development, and demonstration. Their website contains projects, publications, and resources for outreach education.
NCRAC provides more introductory resources about aquaculture. The site also provides more links to aquaculture-related organizations.
Interest in aquaculture (fish farming) is increasing. This brochure provides potential aquaculturists with information to help them objectively study the feasibility of adding intensive aquaculture to their farming enterprises.
If you are deciding whether to invest in a recirculating aquaculture system or not, this article may provide useful information to inform your decision. Components needed for a recirculating aquaculture system are considered and more resources are provided to help provide a better understanding of how to create your own recirculating aquaculture system.
An introductory article that outlines the advantages and disadvantages of having a recirculating aquaculture tank production system.
An introductory article that describes the proper care for recirculating aquaculture systems, including fish care and tips about water quality.
Includes information to calculate surface areas, depth, and water volume as well as various useful conversions.
Discover biological, chemical and integrated management methods to control aquatic weeds.
A quality pond stores the cleanest water possible. This publication describes suitable water sources and the design and maintenance of water impoundments.
Offers an introduction to proper pond management for farmers and ranchers with ponds on their land.
Ponds are, at times, both complex and simple ecosystems. Pond complexity depends on the food webs involving many types of organisms. This publication addresses concerns of landowners who wish to continue to enjoy their farm ponds.
Water, the most important component for raising fish, is often the most neglected factor. The purpose of this publication is to assist the fish farmer or pond owner in pond management.
Starting and maintaining a water garden of any size inevitably brings questions. Find answers to the most commonly asked questions here.
Find out how to safely use copper compounds to control algae in farm ponds. Determine dosage rates for your pond size and water type, select proper tools, and know best handling methods.
Producers who are ready to harvest their first crop of fish, often ask, “Where will I sell them?” It is surprising how many producers ask this question so late in the production cycle. To avoid certain failure of an aquaculture enterprise, producers must seriously investigate the marketplace as an initial step before investing in production. This bulletin, Niche Marketing your Aquaculture Products, discusses general marketing concepts as applied to food fish and presents ideas for selling aquaculture products locally.
The channel catfish is the principal warm water species grown in the southeastern United States. Channel catfish is one of 37 different species in the catfish family. Although this species grows best in southern fish farms, farmers in the North Central Region still culture these fish but with some limitation. These concerns are noted in his publication, Pond Culture of Channel Catfish in the North Central Region.
Aquaculture is not a new concept. Japanese, Chinese, Romans, Egyptians, and Mayan Indians farmed fish for food and recreation prior to 2000 BC. Ponds were constructed and fish were raised much in the same manner as fish are raised today. In the North Central Region (NCR), aquaculture is a viable enterprise. Fish are produced for recreational stocking, food, or fee-fishing. This publication, Making Plans for Commercial Aquaculture in the North Central Region, will assist with questions and concerns on establishing a commercial fish culture enterprise.
Are you considering aquaculture as a new business or as a way of diversifying your existing business? If the answer to this question is yes, then you should ask yourself, "How much do I really know about aquaculture?" There are many levels of knowledge of aquaculture - from the person who has many years experience in running a successful aquaculture operation, to the beginner who has an interest in, but really no knowledge of, what aquaculture is or involves.
Cage culture of fish uses existing water resources but encloses the fish in a cage or basket that allows water to pass freely between the fish and the pond. Consider the advantages and disadvantages. Also read about details of site selection, cage construction, species suitable for cage culture, and more.
Things to consider to begin a fish farming enterprise regarding production, facilities, marketing, and legal issues.
Fish farming, or aquaculture, has attracted the attention of farmers, landowners, and investors as an alternative agriculture enterprise in Iowa. If you are considering fish farming, this checklist may help you determine whether it’s feasible.