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January 22, 2004

Purdue program highlights hybrid bass, prawn production

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service will offer aquaculture producers an educational seminar that overviews hybrid striped bass and freshwater prawn production.

The videoconference will take place at 12 locations in Indiana on Jan. 29 beginning at 7 p.m. EST.

"This program will provide experienced and beginning producers the opportunity to gain information on hybrid bass, freshwater prawn and new insights into the aquaculture industry," said Charles Felkner, Purdue Extension aquaculture educator.

Designated host sites are: Southeast-Purdue Agricultural Center in Butlerville; Pinney-Purdue Agricultural Center in Wanatah; the Community Learning Center in Bedford; the Education Center in Tipton; and the Purdue Extension offices in Allen, Decatur, Wells, Hendricks, Martin, Marion, Delaware, and Vanderburgh counties.

Cortney Ohs, aquaculture specialist from Southern Illinois University, will present information on producing hybrid striped bass in both farm ponds and intensive recirculating systems. He also will discuss the production techniques necessary to successfully grow freshwater prawns.

Ohs has extensive background in fish production techniques and related research, plus experience in freshwater prawn production.

Producers also will have the opportunity to ask questions during the program.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored and arranged by Purdue Extension, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program and Southern Illinois University.

For additional information, contact Charles Felkner at (765) 412-2134, cfelkner@purdue.edu, or the Purdue Extension office in Morgan County.

Writer: Meggie Issler, (765) 494-8402, agnews-stories@purdue.edu

Source: Charles Felkner, (765) 412-2134, cfelkner@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, bforbes@aes.purdue.edu
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