Lincoln University's researchers are looking to find ways of growing promising aquatic species that will provide opportunities for Missouri small farmers. The geology and climatology of Missouri places us at a competitive disadvantage for raising some of the more traditional aquaculture fish species. However, there are native species such as sunfish that have been cited for possible aquaculture production. Fish such as bluegill and crappie are well known for their sporting and dining attributes. However, limited knowledge exists about the possibilities and problems associated with cultivating sunfish species. Besides sunfish, we have grown striped bass, prawns, and ornamental fish. We breed and rear fish year-round incorporating indoor water reuse systems and outdoor ponds in our research. Lincoln University aquaculture program targets three main areas of study:
1. Development of a fast-growing, marketable size sunfish.
2. Defining nutritional requirements of sunfishes for improved growth.
3. Defining efficient production systems for sunfishes.
A one pound plus Bluegill