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From: Gordon J. Mengel, National Council for Agricultural Education
Date: 27 Mar 2000
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
The best places to locate state specific aquaculture information are with: your state aquaculture extension specialist(s), your state aquaculture association (if there is one), a state Land Grand institution or other post-secondary institution with an aquaculture program, or with a state or federal fisheries biologist/natural resources person.
I suggest that you contact Oregon's state aquaculture extension specialists, Mr. Dalton Hibbs (tel: 503-229-6734) or Mr. John Faudskar (tel: 503-842-3433) and/or Mr. Jim Bergeron at Oregon State University (tel: 503-325-8027). Since you are interested in native species that may or may not have been cultured, you might also try the contacting someone at the Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State U. (tel: 541-754-4531).
If you are thinking of trying to culture a local species as a classroom "inquiry" type activity, you might start with some generic aquculture publications on growing crawfish (USDA Regional Aquaculture Center's extension publications are available on-line at http://aquanic.org). You might then talk with a crawfish culture expert like Dr. Bill Daniels at Delaware State (tel: 302-739-6944). He has extensive knowledge of crawfish culture in the Southern and Mid-Atlantic regions. You should also do some background research on your local species to see what their biology is. You should be able to find alot of information in a good University library (e.g., Oregon State) pertaining to life history, ecology, reproduction, growth potential, food, etc. Using that information (and I suggest your students do the research) you may find it to be feasible to set up a small experiment to see if that particular species can be cultured under controlled conditions (that you and your students design). Who knows, you may be on to something (at least your students will find the experience very educational.) Hope that helps.
Gordon The Council