July 19 online program covers effective ways to feed fish

A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service The July 19 webinar will cover various ways to develop and maintain a healthy food chain for feeding fish.

Finding the right nutritional balance by maintaining a healthy food chain in the pond or supplementing diets is an essential part of producing trophy fish. This webinar will look at the different options and how pond owners can get the most bang for their buck. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Laura McKenzie)

Registration is $35 and can be completed at https://tx.ag/FeedingYourPond. The program will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Pay with a credit card to receive immediate instructions for accessing the webinar. Once registration and payment is complete, attendees will receive an email containing a receipt, registration confirmation, and instructions for accessing the webinar.

The webinar program will provide strategies for “feeding” your pond to raise bigger, more abundant fish, said Todd Sink, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension aquaculture specialist and director of the AgriLife Extension Aquatic Diagnostic LaboratoryBryan-College Station.

Strategies for feeding fish

Feeding a pond can mean different things depending on the owner’s goals and budget, Sink said. Strategies can range from fertilization programs to boost primary productivity and food production to literal fish diets and fish feeding.

The webinar will cover fertilization strategies that can accelerate pond food chain production as well as fish nutrition, diets, forage fish, and additional shellfish storage. What pond owners should and shouldn’t feed fish to maximize growth based on species and management goals will also be covered, as well as when to feed and fertilize, he said. declared.

“It will focus on the most economical ways to achieve individual pond owner goals,” Sink said. “You can spend a lot of money trying to breed trophy fish in an established pond without getting much profit. But there are ways to pay less and earn more. If you have the money and you want to go further, there are strategies that are more expensive but can also deliver big results.

Provide nutrition for fish production goals

The webinar will cover the nutritional needs within the pond food chain and compare the different options with an economic analysis for each. Pond owners invest a wide range in feeding the fish in their pond, including stocking forage fish like blue gills, tilapia or freshwater crayfish and shrimp or using supplemental commercial feeds.

“We never really discuss the numbers behind the different methods,” he said. “So this will compare systems and what produces the best return for the dollars spent, whether you want bigger fish or more fish.”

There will be a 30-minute question and answer period following the presentation to address specific scenarios for attendees and their ponds.

“It’s a good topic for pond owners who want to look at their options from an economic perspective,” he said. “Establishing a good food chain in our ponds is something we can plan for all year round.”

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Karen O. Fielding