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Aquaculture refers to the breeding and raising of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants. Trout, prawns and catfish are the primary focus of production in Georgia.

Thanks to research focused on aquaculture from UGA Extension and the Aquaculture Unit of the animal and dairy science department, you can find resources related to fish production, management and health.

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Aquaculture at UGA Fish farmers, students, and the general public can find information on fish culture, farm ponds, and aquatic plant management on this site.

Commodity Teams at CAES Teams made up of research scientists and extension specialists work together to provide the latest technology and information for efficient, profitable production of some of Georgia's most valuable commodities.

Fisheries Management and Aquaculture A collection of useful links regarding pond management, population assessment, and various pond problems from Habersham County Extension.

Water at UGA The UGA Water website provides several measures that can be taken to reduce the effects of drought on fish ponds not designed for dry weather.

Impact Statements: Aquaculture Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices in this area.

UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science Learn more about the animal and dairy science department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

External sites

USDA Economic Research USDA site providing statistics on domestically grown catfish and trout, as well as on U.S. imports and exports of fish and shellfish that may be products of aquaculture, such as salmon, shrimp, and oysters.

Aquaculture Regulations in Georgia (GA DNR) An overview of Georgia aquaculture regulations.

Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (Mississippi State University) Provides organizational information, directories, manuals and forms, projects, progress reports, fact sheets, research publications, and other useful links.

We're Here To Help Contact your local UGA Extension office to find out how our team of county agents can assist you.
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Aquaculture at UGA The Aquaculture Unit of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science provides research, extension support, and academic instruction at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus.
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  • Farmgate Value Report Farmgate Value Report UGA's annual county-by-county survey allows the public and policy makers to get a clear picture of Georgia's agricultural value. Published: 10/29/15
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Top Aquaculture Producers
County Name Value
Thomas $18,000,000
Baker 4,000,000
Meriwether 1,440,000
Jefferson 1,260,000
Talbot 744,000
Fulton 738,000
Butts 540,000
Jackson 315,000
Wheeler 243,000
Pike 93,750
State Total: $28,173,880

Displaying farm gate values for 2018. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.