Synopses & Reviews
Farming Freshwater Fish shows you exactly how to build, manage, and maintain a small-scale, energy-efficient recirculating aquaculture system to raise tilapia, catfish, and trout. It explains why these three species are most appropriate for sustainable aquaculture and describes the nature and needs of the fish, with in-depth instruction on setting up your system, acquiring fry, managing both the fish and the system, preventing and treating disease, and much more. You’ll learn how to choose the best fish and system for your circumstances, depending on where you live, your access to private waterways, and your state’s regulations. Whether you’re looking for a steady supply of fresh fish for a restaurant, an economical and healthy source of protein for your family, or a way to bring in extra income, this book shows how easy it is to sustainably farm freshwater fish.
About the Author
Dr. James Webb (lead author) is a Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst focusing on aquaculture sustainability. His current research includes designing renewable energy-powered integrated aquaculture systems for rural Africa, evaluating the potential in integrating green building and aquaculture design in New England, and developing the methodologies to support the sustainability of commercial aquaculture production. His research has spanned four continents (Africa, Asia, Australia, and North America), multiple species, and a variety of systems.
Dr. Craig Hollingsworthis an educator with University of Massachusetts Amherst Agricultural Extension, working in aquaculture, entomology, and insect biology. He is director of the Western Massachusetts Center for Sustainable Aquaculture, promoting and coordinating aquaculture educational programs throughout the Northeast. He was the project leader for the manual Best Management Practices for Finfish Aquaculture in Massachusetts.
Dr. Andy Danylchuk is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, specializing in fish conservation. Given the fate of many wild fish populations, Dr. Danylchuk is helping to create new models for aquaculture that integrate agriculture, green building design, and renewable energy systems as a sustainable solution for food security at local and regional scales. As leader of the Building Integrated Aquaculture Working Group in Amherst, Dr. Danylchuk has brought together a team of experts to address some of the challenges of aquaculture, not only in New England but also in Uganda, the Bahamas, and other developing countries. Among other activities he serves as a consultant for the United Nations FAO, speaks on fish conservation for the NPR/PBS Forum Network, and leads workshops in sustainable aquaculture around the world.