AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Longtime Auburn University faculty member and administrator John Jensen has been named interim director of the newly renamed School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, effective Sept. 1, College of Agriculture Dean Bill Batchelor has announced.
“The fisheries program at Auburn is the best in the world, and Dr. Jensen has been an integral part of that success over the years,” Batchelor said. “His track record of excellence as a professor, Extension specialist and administrative leader make him a natural fit for this role.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY –Aquaculture expert William Walton will discuss the business of oyster production on Alabama’s Gulf Coast Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in Special Collections and Archives at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Walton’s talk is part of the Discover Auburn lecture series.
Walton is an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and is also a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. He is stationed at the Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center in Mobile and conducts research at the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory on Dauphin Island.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A patented Auburn University-developed process that cleanly converts inedible waste from the slaughter of animals into marketable products is making its commercial debut this summer with the opening of Alabama Protein Products LLC at Kyser Family Farms, a catfish operation in Hale County.
Alabama Protein, which is expected to employ five to 10 people and give the state’s catfish industry an economic boost, is the first private venture ever to use the trademarked Agricultural Byproduct Value Recovery System, or ABVRS, a quick, energy-efficient and environmentally sound rendering process that, as opposed to conventional rendering methods, creates no foul odors, toxic emissions or wastewater as it recycles animal tissue from food processing plants and other agricultural byproducts into both high-protein fish meal for use in poultry, livestock and fish feed and heart-healthy omega 3 fish oil.
AUBURN – Teach a man to raise fish – and grow plants – and you’ll help feed his family and fellow citizens for a lifetime. That’s a new twist being applied to the age-old proverb at Auburn University, where researchers are combining fish farming and horticulture to help Alabama farmers find new income streams.
Jesse Chappell, associate professor in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures and specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is working with professor Jeff Sibley of the Department of Horticulture on the use of fish greenhouse wastewater to fertilize plants in an adjacent greenhouse.
“We want to provide an opportunity for farmers to have more on-farm income,” Chappell said. “We are seeking ways to produce plants more economically through new opportunities.”
AUBURN – The government of China has recognized Auburn University’s Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures as housing the premier program of its type in the world.
Out of that recognition has emerged a partnership between AU and the university housing China’s most prestigious fisheries programs.
The recognition is part of a Chinese initiative to establish educational partnerships with institutions worldwide that carry the distinction of premier universities in select fields, which China has deemed of major importance to the country’s economic and cultural development.