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Alabama Fish Farming Center Serves Aquaculture Industry

This Auburn University satellite laboratory offers services and programs to commercial producers throughout west Alabama.

The Alabama Fish Farming Center (AFFC) was established in 1982 to assist a growing catf…

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Rain Gardens

Rain gardens catch, filter, and hold stormwater. They are simple gardens designed in pocket-like depressions to capture rainwater from your rooftop, driveway, and upland areas. They allow the rainwater to then slowly soak into the g…

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Agricultural Best Management Practices for Water Quality

Roughly 46 percent of United States acreage is made up of grassland-pasture, rangeland, and cropland that produce an abundant supply of food and food-based products. Agriculture is vital to the economic and social well-being of all American…

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Oyster Restoration: How to Grow Your Oyster Garden

Welcome to a new oyster gardening season. New volunteers, we are happy to have you join us; seasoned volunteers, it is great to have you back. This fact sheet will tell you everything you need to know to get started with your oyster garden….

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Understanding the Types of Water Pollution

Water pollutants are substances or conditions that change the natural state of an aquatic ecosystem, leading to degradation. Alabama utilizes their drinking water from both ground and surface water.

Many of Alabama’s water resour…

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Making and Using a Secchi Disk to Measure Pond Clarity

In recreational fishing ponds that are fertilized, water clarity is the most important indicator to tell you when it is time to fertilize again. In this video, Jill Malecki, a graduate student in the Auburn University School of Fisheries, d…

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Keeping Your Pond Dam and Spillway Clear

Earthen dams of ponds require routine maintenance to preserve good safe function. In this video, Aaron Fewell, a graduate student in the Auburn University School of Fisheries, demonstrates how to determine if a tree should be cut on a dam. …

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Identifying Pond Plants

Pond plants can have both positive and negative effects on recreational fishing ponds. When deciding if a plant needs to be controlled and how to control it, it is important to identify the plant. Some of the terms used by plant biologists …

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Building a Floating, Living Fish Attractor

Fish are attracted to many different types of structure in ponds including rock piles, tree tops, and construction debris. In this video, Rusty Wright, an Alabama Extension fisheries specialist, and students from the Auburn University Schoo…

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Alkalinity and Hardness Tests for Lime Needs

In this video, Daniel Creel, a graduate student in the Auburn University School of Fisheries, describes how to use LaMotte test kits to measure the alkalinity and hardness in recreational fishing pond water.

Alkalinity and hardness are i…

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Rain Barrels and Cisterns

Rain barrels and cisterns are ancient technologies that are making a comeback as water shortages prompt homeowners to save and use rain that falls on their properties. Large, plastic rain barrels are now available at home and garden…

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Watering Tips

 As with any system it is important to avoid runoff when irrigating or watering. Proper irrigation installation and design will ensure that each plant receives sufficient water.

Reduce the need for watering. Choose water-effic…

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Water Use in Alabama

Alabama’s water resources are important for economic growth and sustainability and for quality of life. The rivers, lakes, and streams in the state help to sustain communities, provide support for industries and jobs, generate pow…

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Everyday Water Conservation

While Alabama averages 55 inches of rain per year, the state also experiences drought. These may be flash droughts that last a few months or long term droughts that continue for a year or more. Since drought is a gradual onset of conditions…

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Alabama Shellfish Aquaculture Situation & Outlook Report 2018

Alabama’s shellfish aquaculture industry produces oysters (Crassostrea virginica) through off-bottom farming using an adjustable long-line system and floating cages. The first farm started in 2012, and although jobs have been crea…

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