The History, Status, and Future of Aquaculture in Iowa


Two Sessions: September 27; October 4

Time: Wednesdays, 5-6:30 PM

Location: Simpson College, Ankeny

Cost: $18

Class Limit: 24


A common definition of aquaculture is that it is the business of fish farming, although other aquatic organisms are cultured. Since its historic beginnings in China in 2000 BC, this industry has become increasingly important. The first class will cover the definition and history of aquaculture in addition to species and culture operations. The second class will cover the role of aquaculture in meeting the world’s need for animal protein, environmental and sustainability issues, and how it is evolving in the agricultural scene of the Midwest.


Instructor Joe Morris is an Iowa native with degrees in fisheries from Iowa State University, Texas A&M University, and Mississippi State University. He has held several positions at Iowa State, including state fisheries/extension specialist and professor. Joe is currently director of the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center, one of five aquaculture centers in the US.

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