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Aquatic Resources team Workshop

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System aquatic resources team is dedicated to providing science-based information to support aquatic resource education and sustainable management for Alabama’s aquatic natural resources and aquaculture production systems.

Specialists on the team provide education in protection and management of water resources (both in quality and quantity) and all the biodiversity and industry this water supports. The team also provides resources to support marine and freshwater aquaculture, helping producers find new and more profitable approaches to raise and market fish, shellfish, and other aquatic products.

Incorporating aquaculture and aquatic sciences into youth education is an important component of Alabama Extension programing. With world class fisheries in Alabama, the team works closely with the state and federal agencies to provide Extension education in support of marine and freshwater fisheries. They also work with private landholders to help them meet their management goal for their pond fisheries. Most importantly, the team strives to provide information to Alabama residents to support the sustainable management of the state’s freshwater and coastal resources, conserving these resources for future generations.


Aquatic Resources Team

Name TitleSpeciality Area(s)
Team Coordinator
Rusty WrightExtension Specialist Associate ProfessorNatural Resource Ecology and Management and Recreational Fish Pond Management
Team Members
Eve BrantleyDirector Water Resource Ctr Adm-AgricultureNatural Resource Ecology and Management, Water Resources, and Watershed Management
David ClineAssociate Extension ProfessorInland Aquaculture Production, Ornamental Ponds, and Youth Education
Mona DominguezResearch Associate IV and Director of Alabama Water WatchAlabama Water Watch and Youth Education
Rusty GriceAdministrator III, Outreach ProgramsMarine Shellfish Culture and Oyster Production
Phillip HineslyArea SpecialistCoastal Tourism
Terry HansonProfessor and Extension SpecialistAquatic Resource Economics and Inland Aquaculture Production
Anita KellyExtension ProfessorInland Aquaculture Production and Aquatic Animal Health
Melissa PartykaAssistant Extension ProfessorCoastal Resource Management
Luke RoyAssociate Extension ProfessorInland Aquaculture Production
Jody ThompsonAdministrator III, Outreach ProgramsCoastal Resource Management and Community Resilience
Phillip J. "P.J." WatersAssociate Extension ProfessorMarine Shellfish Culture, Oyster Gardening, and Recreational Fish Pond Management