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Sunlight underwater with seaweed and a school of fish.

Best practices in aquatic safety, preservation, and conservation was the subject of multiple workshops, trainings, social media posts, and publications generated by Alabama Extension aquatic resources specialists in 2023 for teachers, students, and the public.

Alabama is a water-rich state with more than 77,000 miles of streams, 3.6 million acres of wetlands, 60 miles of Gulf of Mexico coastline, the most extensive artificial reef system in the United States, and 560,000 acres of lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. Alabama’s waters are also among the most biologically diverse in North America, with over 300 species of freshwater fish as well as diverse marine fish and invertebrates, aquatic plants, reptiles, and amphibians. These rich water resources are used for drinking and other household uses, hydroelectric power, irrigation, aquaculture, commercial and recreational fisheries, transportation, industrial uses, and recreation. Demands will continue to increase as human populations expand and development increases.

The Aquatic Resources Program team provides science-based Extension programming in the areas of aquaculture (freshwater and marine), private pond and lake management, coastal resources, commercial and recreational fisheries, aquatic resource conservation, and aquatic resources K–12 curriculum development. Our team consists of statewide specialists and area specialists located strategically around the state as well as natural resource regional agents and county coordinators. Together we provide educational programming, workshops, seminars, and diagnostic services with emphasis on environmental stewardship, best management practices, and economic viability.

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For an in-depth look into how Aquatic Resources enhances the lives of Alabamians, read the full 2023 impact report. Download a PDF of Aquatic Resources Program Team Project Activities and Impacts 2023, ANR-3066.

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New June 2024, Aquatic Resources Program Team Project Activities and Impacts 2023, ANR-3066

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