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TheNorth Carolina Aquaculture Association’s Crawfish Grower’s Group will hold itsannual meeting on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Beaufort County CooperativeExtension Center in Washington, NC from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. The Extension Center is located at 155-A Airport Rd, Washington,NC 27889. This meeting provides an opportunity for all crawfishproducers in the state to come together to share information and experiences aswell as learn about the latest in crawfish production practices. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am with awelcome from James Bass, the current president of the NCAA Crawfish Group. On the agenda will be discussions of lastyear’s crawfish promotional boils and the upcoming 2018 boils. There will also be discussions about theupcoming NC crawfish harvest season after the snow and ice this past winter,and managing dissolved oxygen in crawfish ponds. The meeting will conclude with the electionof new officers. All persons interestedin crawfish production in North Carolina should make plans to attend thismeeting. There is no cost for thismeeting, but registration for this meeting is required by February26, 2018. For more information, contact Steve Gabel atthe Chowan County Extension Office at 252-482-6585 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Pete Andersonat the Craven County Extension Office at 252-633-1477 (email: Pete.Anderson@ncagr.gov).
Aquaponic systems are becoming increasingly popular, and more people are finding innovative ways to produce more than one crop in their recirculating systems. Aquaponic systems are recirculating aquaculture systems that incorporate the production of plants without soil. In typical recirculating aquaculture systems, the goal is to produce large quantities of aquatic biomass in small amounts of space and small volumes of water. In such a system, waste products can accumulate if not physically removed or otherwise filtered via mechanical or biological means. The organic buildup and metabolic byproducts can be reused in aquaponic system by a secondary crop; plants. Plants can grow rapidly with dissolved nutrients that are excreted directly by the aquatic species or generated from the microbial breakdown of the animal waste by the various species of bacteria in the system. In closed recirculating systems with very little daily water exchange, dissolved nutrients accumulate in concentrations similar to those in hydroponic nutrient solutions. These dissolved waste nutrients are taken up by the plants, reducing wastewater discharge to the surrounding watershed and allowing for more efficient use of the fish feed.
For more information go to http://www.ncaquaculture.org/workshop.html