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The Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences recently hosted the first Future Farmers of America Aquaculture Career Development Event at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Research Station in Auburn.

The event was designed for Alabama students interested in competition to show their aquaculture knowledge and skills. Thirteen FFA chapters participated in the event. The day included a plumbing activity, fish identification and solutions and feed conversion ratio activity.

Dr. David Cline, an aquatic resources specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says aquaculture is the fastest growing segment of agriculture and with the help of an aquarium it is possible to bring the multifaceted discipline into the classroom.

"Aquaculture projects provide a living laboratory and hands-on skill building activities for students," Cline says. "It fosters collaborative learning, creative problem solving and instills students with a sense of responsibility by taking care of live animals."

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Sponsors included the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, The Home Depot, Lowe's, Thompson Supply Co. Inc., David Cline, Stan Arlington and Auburn High School Aquaculture Science Education Program.




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