Find out more information about our Fisheries Business Institute

Auburn University has  created the Aquaculture and Fisheries Business Institute to stimulate economic growth in Alabama and the Southeast by strengthening and expanding the region’s domestic aquatic and fisheries industries. The new research and outreach institute, recently approved by the university’s Board of Trustees, was established within the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station under the leadership of Auburn University’s Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures.

RAPCO workshop at Auburn mentioned in the Global Aquaculture Advocate

Jory Outlines Shrimp Status At RAPCO

“GAA Editor and Development Manager Dr. Darryl Jory made several presentations at the annual RAPCO Shrimp Workshop organized by the U.S. Soybean Export Council at Auburn University in Alabama, USA, in late July. With an audience representing shrimp farming and feed manufacturing in nine Latin American countries, Jory spoke on global shrimp production and markets, harvest and post-harvest management, and aquaculture certification.”

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America’s Catfish Farmers Harmed by Unfair Dumping of Vietnamese Fish, U.S. Finds

September 25, 2013 –The U.S. Department of Commerce has determined that fish producers in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam have been unfairly selling the catfish-like species pangasius (basa, tra and swai) in the United States at prices below true market value. This “dumping” of fish, often sold in restaurants as catfish, has seriously harmed the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish Industry. Americans eat more than 70 percent of catfish they consume in restaurants. The decision to levy a fair anti-dumping duty on Vietnamese pangasius will give some relief to America’s catfish farmers who have been harmed by years of unfairly priced and low quality foreign imports. Such imports are often tainted with drugs and chemicals banned for use in food within the United States. Alarmingly, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found there is a lack of federal inspections of imported seafood products. ”This decision is a step in the right direction, but the Commerce Department must continue to enforce our trade laws in future decisions,” said Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran, the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. “Now it’s time for the administration to take responsible actions on an inspection program that will ensure the quality of fish imports, particularly for imports marketed as catfish.”

U.S. Catfish Industry Reminds Consumers Its Products Are Growth Hormone Free, Says Imported Catfish Is A Concern

August 16, 2013 — Following news that leading American food producers and processors will no longer purchase meat treated with controversial hormones, the nation’s largest aquaculture industry, U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish, reminded American consumers that its products have always been free of growth hormones. ”U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish producers have never used growth hormones or any of the harmful and illegal drugs and antibiotics frequently used in foreign imported products,” said Ben Pentecost, Mississippi catfish farmer and President of Catfish Farmers of America (CFA). “The purity of our catfish and the safety of consumers have always been our primary concerns.” CFA said consumers should be alerted to the dangers of imported catfish and catfish-like species, citing that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to find banned and potentially dangerous drugs and biotoxins in imported products. ”Due to the FDA’s weak inspection program, 98 percent of imported seafood is being sold directly to American families with no inspection, and less than one percent is actually being tested for contaminants,” said Pentecost. “U.S. catfish farmers will continue to provide a healthy, safe and nutritious food product, and we encourage American consumers to look for the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish label when dining out or purchasing groceries.”


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Reid Nelson Wins 3 Minute Thesis Competition

3mtwinnerReid Nelson won the Graduate School’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition. He was the Winner and the People’e Choice in the Masters category. The competition requires that the student summarize their thesis research in 3 minutes with 1 slide.  Below is a link to all the information and his presentation.  The competition was held on June 27. Reid is a graduate student in Dr. Rusty Wright’s and Dr. Dennis DeVries’s lab.

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