TOURS, demonstrations, exhibits and poster presentations will highlight the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Aquaculture/Fisheries Field Day Oct. 7 at the Aquaculture Research fish ponds in Pine Bluff, Ark.

On the agenda are one-hour trailer tours to each of the following learning stations at various ponds at the research station:

  • Practical Disinfection (techniques and equipment to stop and prevent spread of diseases and parasites)
  • Catfish Stock Densities (effects of four different stocking rates on water quality, production, costs and pond results)
  • Sock Saver Evaluation (new system to keep fish in good condition)
  • Stocking for Large Shiners (density)
  • Improved Seine Boat for Crowding Fish (an easier way to crowd fish toward a grader)
  • Sampling Fish by Trawl (improved trawl to count unseen fish)

Occurring simultaneously will be one-hour walking tours to the following learning stations:

  • Baytex Alternatives
  • Value-added Catfish Products (display of and sampling of value-added products created from belly flaps)
  • Verification Trial Results (for catfish and baitfish)
  • Catfish Nutrition (lipid supplements and temperature)
  • Four-Wheeler Safety
  • Water Quality
  • Making Payments (making money)

New this year are skin cancer screenings and a trap shoot sponsored by Southern Aquaculture Supply, Inc. and ARKAT Nutrition. The winner will receive a Remington 12-gauge shotgun donated by the sponsors.

Informational and research posters by UAPB and USDA-ARS personnel from both the UAPB and Stuttgart, Ark., units, the Thad Cochran National Warm Water Aquaculture Center in Stoneville, Miss., and Mississippi Valley State University will also be on display.

The field day is also the midyear meeting of the Catfish Farmers of Arkansas and the Arkansas Bait and Ornamental Fish Growers Association.

The board of the Catfish Farmers of Arkansas will meet at 12:45 p.m., and the Arkansas Catfish Production Board will meet after the Catfish Farmers board meeting.

UAPB has 113 research ponds at its Aquaculture Research Station in Pine Bluff. To get to the field day, take Hwy. 79 to Oliver Road (turn at the new UAPB football stadium) and follow the signs to the Agriculture Research Station. For more information, contact Almetris Cobbs, 870-575-8141, or Nathan Stone, Extension fisheries specialist, 870-575-8138.