|Dr. McIntosh on left, and most of our group|
This picture shows several of the ponds, most of which use aerators. Species being studied are tilapia, trout, and baitfish. In the far right you can see the University football stadium, and beyond that is US 13. Who would have known that all of these ponds were tucked away at the back of the campus? The little orange strips above the pond are used to discourage egrets and herons from landing on the ponds hoping to steal a free lunch.
This is a better shot at an empty pond. The ponds are at a higher altitude than a large retention pond not seen here. Each pond has a stand pipe that can be rotated to drain the pond by gravity feed. So when they harvest, they "pull the plug" and simply pick up the fish. The Wetlab is in the center back ground.
|Dr. McIntosh talking about the lab|
Unfortunately the Wetlab had been hit with a disease, and they were just getting back online from the disinfection process. Tanks had water, but the fish are not yet in place.
I had a great day touring the facility, and certainly want to thank Dr. McIntosh for volunteering his Saturday afternoon with a bunch of fish nuts. I hope to go back again in the summer when the lab is in full swing.
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