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Hello, and thank you for checking out Kentucky State University's Division of Aquaculture within the College of Agriculture, Community and the Sciences. If you are a farmer wanting to know about fish or shrimp farming, or a student interested in our academic programs or online courses, we are interested in you. Please let us know how we may assist you.


Dr. Jim Tidwell, Chair
School of Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
Aquaculture Research Center
103 Athletic Dr.
Frankfort, KY 40601
Email: james.tidwell@kysu.eduPhone: (502) 597-8104
Fax: (502) 597-5088

History

The Division of Aquaculture was initiated in the mid-1980's. Originally it was exclusively dedicated to research and extension activities. However, in 1990 the first course was offered on an experimental basis. By 1992 an undergraduate minor in Aquaculture/Aquatic Science was first available, and in 1999 the Council on Post-Secondary Education approved KSU to offer a Master of Science Degree in Aquaculture/Aquatic Science.

Until the establishment of the College of Agriculture, Community and the Sciences, the Division of Aquaculture was the only program at KSU that addressed all three of the traditional Land Grant university roles: research, teaching, and extension. The Division has class offerings over the full spectrum of aquaculture, including reproduction, nutrition, water quality, physiology, production systems, economics and marketing, and fish disease. The Division also offers online classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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  • Aquaculture Production of Alternative Species and Aquaponics: Alternative aquaculture production for Kentucky and the new methods of Aquaponics production.
    • James Tidwell, PhD Professor and Chair for School of Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
    • Shawn Coyle, Master of Science, Research Associate 
    • Leigh Bright, Master of Science, Research Assistant
    • Janelle Hagar, Master of Science, Research and Extension Associate
  • Aquaculture Nutrition: Alternative feed sources for aquaculture production.
    • Waldemar Rossi, PhD, Assistant Professor 
  • Disease Diagnostics and Water Quality: Disease detection of pathogens and the impact of water quality on aquaculture species.
    • Robert Durborow, PhD, Professor
  • Aquaculture Genetics: Genetics and breeding of aquaculture species such as tilapia, crappie, and Koi.
    • Boris Gomelsky, PhD- Professor
    • Dr. Noel Novelo - Aquaculture Genetics and Extension
  • Aquaculture Production and Bio floc: Pacific white shrimp production in recirculating systems supported by bio floc.
    • Andrew Ray. PhD - Associate Professor 
    • Alternative Aquaculture Production Systems. Use of raceway and abandoned sewage plants for fish production systems.
      • Kenneth Semmens, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor 
  • State Extension Specialist 
    • Forrest Wynne 
  • Aquaculture Economics and Marketing:  
    • Richard Bryant, Master of Science, Research Associate.