Division of Aquaculture

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Message from the Chair

If you are a farmer wanting to know about fish or shrimp farming, or a student interested in our Minor or Masters programs, we are interested in you.

Hello, and thank you for checking out Kentucky State University’s Division of Aquaculture within the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources. 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. Ken Semmens pic Contact:
Kenneth Semmens, PhD, Acting Chair
Division of Aquaculture
School of Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
Aquaculture Research Center
103 Athletic Dr.
Frankfort, KY 40601
Email: ken.semmens@kysu.edu
Phone: (502) 597-6871



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, Health, and Natural Resources, 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.

Division of Aquaculture

  • Aquaculture Production of Alternative Species and Aquaponics: Alternative aquaculture production for Kentucky  and the new methods of Aquaponics production.  
  • Aquaculture Nutrition: Alternative feed sources for aquaculture production.  
  • Disease Diagnostics and Water Quality: Disease detection of pathogens and the impact of water quality on  aquaculture species.
  •  Aquaculture Genetics: Genetics and breeding of aquaculture species such as tilapia, crappie, and Koi.  
  • Aquaculture Production and Bio floc: Pacific white shrimp production in recirculating systems supported by bio floc.  
  •  Alternative Aquaculture Production Systems. Use of raceway and abandoned sewage plants for fish production systems.
  •  Aquaculture Extension. Extension and outreach for Kentucky producers. 
  • Aquaculture Economics and Marketing: Economics and marketing opportunities for agriculture and aquaculture in Kentucky.