PIKETON, Ohio -- When it comes to food fish production in Ohio, yellow perch is the bread and butter of the state's aquaculture industry. To help aquaculturists remain competitive in management and marketing, Ohio State University South Centers at Piketon will hold a one-day Perch School training course on April 8.
The course, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will focus on production techniques including brood stock conditioning, spawning, egg incubation, fry stocking and fertilization regimes for fry ponds. The course will incorporate classroom presentations and hands-on breakout sessions for those looking to improve their current yellow perch production practices, as well as for individuals who have an interest in aquaculture and want to learn more about yellow perch production techniques.
Topics of discussion will include research results, anatomy, pond spawning techniques, pond fertilization, feed training, and fry count estimations and stocking.
Registration for the daylong workshop is $100, which includes a catered lunch. To register by phone, contact Charity Crabtree at (740) 289-2071. For more information, contact Geoff Wallat at (740) 289-2071, or log on to http://southcenters.osu.edu/aqua/perchschool06.htm.