Aquaculture and Fisheries Extension

The MU Aquaculture and Fisheries Extension Program provides educational resources and research-based information that can be used to develop a successful aquaculture enterprise for food production as well as to provide information on managing your pond or lake for improved sportfishing or other management objectives. Missouri has over 300,000 private ponds and lakes that can provide excellent fishing and recreational uses as well as provide opportunities for aquaculture production. The resources and links that are provided on this website will help you plan and manage the water resources on your property for fishing and other recreational activities or for developing a successful aquaculture enterprise.


Crawfish being harvested.
Find USDA Regional Aquaculture Centers

Learn more about the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA), North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC), Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC) and the Western Regional Aquaculture Center.

Aquaculture pools in a facility.
See aquaculture budgets

Purdue University offers examples of enterprise budgets to serve as guides for planning individual aquaculture operations.

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Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program

Since 1992, this program has been monitoring the health of more than 50 lakes across the Show-Me State.


Autotrophic and Heterotrophic Water Treatment in Intensive and Semi-Intensive A…

Originally presented at the 2021 Institute of Biological Engineering annual conference.

Economics of Intensive Pond Aquaculture (PDF)

This presentation takes a look at the economic impact of various split-pond systems, including major cost effects, types of systems, investment costs, yields and FCR, risks and more.

Economics of Recirculating Aquaculture (PDF)

This presentation covers basic economic elements of land-based RAS, such as capital expenses, operating expenses and working capital, and a comparison of land-based RAS and net-pen salmon production models.

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