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1 AQUACULTURE SCIENCE PROGRAM Bryant High School South Mobile County Alabama

2 PROGRAM OVERVIEW Started when school opened in 1998 Started when school opened in 1998 Began with one greenhouse and four recirculating systems (Exxon/Mobil) Began with one greenhouse and four recirculating systems (Exxon/Mobil) Now has three greenhouses, seven recirculating systems (to 10,000 gallons), aquaponics system, two indoor ponds and one outdoor pond. Now has three greenhouses, seven recirculating systems (to 10,000 gallons), aquaponics system, two indoor ponds and one outdoor pond. New expansion to add full-scale commercial redclaw crawfish nursery/hatchery operated by students New expansion to add full-scale commercial redclaw crawfish nursery/hatchery operated by students

3 SUPPORTERS Exxon / Mobil Exxon / Mobil Gulf Coast RC&D Council Gulf Coast RC&D Council Bedsole Foundation Bedsole Foundation Mississippi / Alabama Sea Grant Mississippi / Alabama Sea Grant Auburn University Fisheries Dept. Auburn University Fisheries Dept. Alabama Dept. Conserv. Nat. Res. Alabama Dept. Conserv. Nat. Res. Auburn Marine Extention Research Ctr. Auburn Marine Extention Research Ctr. Mobile County Public School System Mobile County Public School System Numerous state and federal elected officials Numerous state and federal elected officials

4 PROGRAM GOALS Keep students in school Keep students in school Stimulate interest in science/technology Stimulate interest in science/technology Hands-on learning by doing the”real thing” Hands-on learning by doing the”real thing” Demonstrate to students practical applications of biology, math, physics, and chemistry Demonstrate to students practical applications of biology, math, physics, and chemistry Help to develop aquaculture opportunities by using commercially important species Help to develop aquaculture opportunities by using commercially important species

5 Bryant Aquascience Complex Exxon/Mobil Center for Aquascience Studies Exxon/Mobil Center for Aquascience Studies J. L. Bedsole Indoor Aquaculture Production Center J. L. Bedsole Indoor Aquaculture Production Center Gulf Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council Aquaponics Studies Center Gulf Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council Aquaponics Studies Center

6 RC&D Aquaponics Exxon/Mobil Aquaculture Studies Bedsole Indoor aquaculture

7 Exxon/Mobil Center for Aquaculture Studies Redclaw crawfish broodstock tanks Redclaw hatching tanks Exxon/Mobil Center

8 650-gallon tanks Currently used for redfish

9 500-gallon recirculating system Redclaw crawfish hatching tanks and food preference studies

10 10,000-gallon epoxy-coated concrete tank for spawning redfish Reservoir biofilter

11 Tilapia pond inside RC&D aquaponics building

12 Aquaponics trays

13 Brazilian red tilapia

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15 Redclaw crawfish pond Water hyacinths Indoor pond provides for continuous year-round crawfish production

16 Outdoor pond for cage culture

17 SPECIES CULTURED (pilot scale studies) Several species of tilapia Several species of tilapia Red snapper (First to culture in captivity from egg to harvest; 5 published research studies conducted by students) Red snapper (First to culture in captivity from egg to harvest; 5 published research studies conducted by students) Cobia (ling) Cobia (ling) Redfish (red drum) Redfish (red drum) Rainbow trout (first cage culture) Rainbow trout (first cage culture) Australian redclaw crawfish* Australian redclaw crawfish* *all have good potential, but redclaw best

18 Male redclaw crawfish (weighs approx. ½ pound)

19 CONTENT STANDARDS Water chemistry and management Water chemistry and management Aquatic biology Aquatic biology Aquaculture systems and techniques Aquaculture systems and techniques System design and maintenance System design and maintenance Aquaculture issues Aquaculture issues Business and economics* Business and economics* *capable of “book studies” only

20 Future Plans Construct and operate a full-scale redclaw crawfish hatchery/nursery. Construct and operate a full-scale redclaw crawfish hatchery/nursery. Business will be operated by students; duties will include design, construction, operation, marketing, records and bookkeeping. Business will be operated by students; duties will include design, construction, operation, marketing, records and bookkeeping. Profits will be used to pay students, fund expansions, and scholarships. Profits will be used to pay students, fund expansions, and scholarships.

21 Students enjoy their non-typical classroom setting

22 Students benefit from cooperative learning and problem solving

23 Most students prefer sitting in a boat instead of sitting in a classroom


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