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Red Drum in Alabama

Red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus, is one of 160 species of fish that scientists place in the drum family (Sciaenidae). Other drums familiar to Gulf Coast residents are the black drum, Atlantic croaker, spotted seatrout, white trout, and spot. …

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Producers of Sportfish (Largemouth Bass, Bream) for Stocking

Following is a list of current producers of sportfish (largermouth bass, bream, etc.) for stocking. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University do not endorse these individuals or companies or the services and products th…

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Mariculture: A Developing Industry

The terms mariculture and aquaculture are often used interchangeably, but they actually have different meanings. Aquaculture is a general term that refers to production of plants or animals in water in which the producer controls a minimum …

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Life History of the Gray Triggerfish

The gray triggerfish, Balistes capriscus, is one of the most abundant fishes along the northeast Gulf of Mexico. It is also one of the most unusual fishes in this region. They are not the typical streamlined fish, but are short and stout wi…

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Koi (Colorful Carp) Suppliers

Following is a list of koi (colorful carp) suppliers. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University do not endorse these individuals or companies or the services and products they provide. This is a partial list of supplies…

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Jellyfish in Alabama

Jellyfish are regular inhabitants of the saltwater bays, bayous, and Gulf beaches of Alabama. As many as sixty different kinds of jellyfish might be found in Alabama waters. However, only seven species are common: the sea nettle, moon jelly…

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Incubating and Hatching Catfish Eggs in McDonald Jars

Incubation and hatching fish eggs in jars is not a new concept. Hatcherymen and researchers have been using jars for this purpose for many years. In the 1950’s attempts were made to incubate and hatch channel catfish eggs in jars but due …

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Aquatic Resources Programs and People

The Aquatic Resources Program provides science-based Extension programming in the areas of aquaculture, private pond and lake management, coastal resources, commercial and recreational fisheries, aquatic resource conservation, and aquatic r…

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Grilling Alabama Seafood

On any warm evening from spring through autumn, Alabama families take part in a generations-old tradition: the backyard cookout. Besides simply being a means of preparing food, “cooking out” or grilling can also be a form of recreation …

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Feeding Catfish During Winter

Wintertime feeding can help maintain the health and promote the growth of catfish. Since catfish are cold-blooded animals, their body temperature and rate of metabolism slow down as the water cools. If fed properly, adult catfish can gain f…

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Aquacultured Oysters

Archaeologists investigate oyster shell middens (piles of shucked oyster shells) to learn more about America’s earliest human inhabitants. Pottery and other artifacts found in middens provide evidence that Paleo Indians inhabited the coasta…

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Acid Rain: An Overview

What Is Acid Rain?
Acid rain, or acid precipitation, refers to any precipitation that is more acidic (i.e., has a lower pH value) than that of normal rainwater. Carbon dioxide (CO22) in the atmosphere makes all rain slightly acidic because…

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How to Submit a Pond Weed Sample

If digital photographs of a pond weed sample are not adequate and physical samples have been requested, follow these steps to ensure that they arrive in good condition for identification.

1. Soak a paper towel with pond or tap water.

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Oyster Gardening in Mobile Bay

The Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica, is an important species both commercially and ecologically. Oyster harvests in the Gulf of Mexico were 20.6 million pounds in 2008, or 89.0 percent of the total U.S. landings. During the same year …

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Oysters in Alabama

Alabama waters contain several of the more than 100 species of oysters found throughout the world. Among those in Alabama, only the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginia) is commercially important. Oysters, along with mussels and scallops, a…

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