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									Texas Aquaculture Association April 2010, Volume 22, No. 1
P.O. Box 752, Kemah, TX 77565

                                        President’s Corner
                                                By: John Turner
       I’m hopeful that this newsletter finds you all in good spirits, recharged after a long, cold, wet,
       winter and ready to begin another successful farming season. It seems that winter is slowly
       giving way to longer, slightly warmer days and my fish are finally beginning to pull their head
       out of the mud and take notice of the feed truck when I drive by. Last year’s growing season
       was particularly difficult with record breaking summer drought conditions and extreme heat
       followed by an unusually early, cold, and wet winter that doesn’t want to end. I, for one, am
       looking for a more merciful season this year.

       One of things that I look forward to every winter, other than a short break from the daily
       farming grind, is the opportunity to get together with fellow TAA members and share stories
       and experiences from the previous year at our annual conference and trade show. This
       year’s conference did not disappoint. Our attendance was noticeably up with enthusiastic
       support from sponsors, exhibitors and many new attendees. The quality of speakers was
       excellent with topics of interest for everyone. The trade show was well attended and most of
       our exhibitors were enthusiastic and eager to return in coming years.

       Overall, the 2010 TAA show was a tremendous success. Congratulations are in order to all
       those who worked so hard to bring the conference together. Special thanks needs to be
       made to Donna Hanson and Cindy Schmid for working hard all year to bring the many
       necessary people and items together. Our conference chairman, Brian Brawner and the
       conference committee members need to be acknowledged as well as all the other board
       members and volunteers that donated their time, products and hard earned cash. I look
       forward to another fine show this coming year. Work has already begun for next year’s
       conference and I’m sure it will be another success.

       In the meantime, if you have comments or suggestions for TAA’s board, please be sure to
       contact one of us and let us know what is on your mind. Watch for coming issues of
       Aquanotes to stay on top of the latest topics in Texas Aquaculture.

Texas Aquaculture Association / Texas AquaNotes, Volume 22, No. 1                            April 2010
                     TAA 40 Annual Trade Show and Conference
                                      Cindy Schmid, Conference Coordinator
Bay City Civic Center served as host of our annual             Our social events were fun and provided additional
trade show this past January and once again                    opportunity to get to know the others in the
provided us with a warm welcome for a successful               aquaculture industry. We notice that the golfers
event. So much goes into coordinating this                     always come back with a smile and a story. In
conference, it would be impossible without the                 addition to fun, the golfers contributed $600 to the
efforts of many. Thanks to everyone who                        TAA Scholarship fund. (Read the article on Steven
contributed to that effort!                                    Bardin, our 2010 Scholarship winner.) In addition
                                                               to the Golf Tournament, we have a President's
TAA would like to extend special thanks to Paul                Reception on Wednesday evening. This event is a
Phillips of Wharton County Electric Coop and Roy               casual time to reacquaint with folks we have not
Griffin of Jackson Electric Cooperative. Not only              talked with in a year or more; plus, the food is
have these organizations been our biggest                      delicious! Everyone who goes to this event is
sponsors for many years, for the first time in many            always glad they do. The President's Reception is
years, they also exhibited in the trade show. We               a great way to kick off the conference. As always,
are very grateful for their help and support of TAA.           our banquet was a roaring success with the BEST
Thanks also to the staff at the Civic Center—we                Texas farm raised shrimp.
could not ask for a better group of people to work
with. Bay City Mayor Richard Knapik added a                    TAA is happy to announce that we will return to Bay
special touch at our welcoming ceremony by                     City in 2011, so be sure to mark your calendars
declaring Texas Aquaculture Day, January 27,                   now for Jan. 26-28, 2011 for our 41st Annual
2010.                                                          Conference and Trade Show! Rob Schmid of
                                                               TPWD is our Conference Chairman this coming
Conference Chair, Brian Brawner, put together a                year and will look for your help and suggestions.
solid program of presentations this year that offered          Thanks to Rob for your support—we hope you
valuable research results, aquaculture updates,                enjoy the experience!
emerging product information, aquaculture "how
to's" & techniques plus other aquaculture                      Texas Aquaculture Association and its annual
information to each attendee. Thank you to all the             conference is one of the few ways for so many
speakers for putting in extra time on their                    people to come together as an aquaculture
presentations to make them useful to Texas                     community in Texas. Certainly, we are all
aquaculturists. As a business owner himself,                   interested in earning a living in aquaculture and
Brian’s schedule is demanding enough that he                   making the most of the resources we have
really had to work to be able to add such a big                available--creating and providing a structure for
commitment—thank you, Brian volunteering for                   networking is an invaluable addition to that mix.
such an important and time consuming conference                We thank you all for your support of TAA and look
job. You organized a successful and well rounded               forward to another successful year!

       Bay City Mayor,                   Dr. Ione Hunt Von Herbing                    Technical Session
       Richard Knapik

Texas Aquaculture Association / Texas AquaNotes, Volume 23, No. 1                                June 2009

                             Happenings at Texas Parks and Wildlife
                                       Inland Fisheries
                                                By: Rob Schmid

Spring has arrived at some of the TPWD Inland              Fisheries Center in Athens. Most have been in the
Fisheries hatchery facilities! It’s certainly arrived at   mid 13 pound range with the biggest of the year
the A.E. Wood Facility in San Marcos! The last             coming from Choke Canyon tipping the scales at
week in February was busy with bring Florida strain        just over 15 pounds. Amistad and Falcon have
largemouth bass (FLMB) into the raceways to                each produced two Lunkers with the remainder
acclimate for spawning. The first week in March Koi        coming from all over the state, including two from
brooders were brought in and spawned, an activity          private lakes. The ―wealth‖ is being spread around
that will continue every other week from now till          this year. For all the details and pictures to amaze,
around the first of June. The FLMB were paired just        go to;
a few days ago and we anticipate the first spawns          http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc
of the year, any day now. The stocking requests            /sharelunker/ . We thank all the anglers of Texas for
were finalized and the hatcheries now have their           their support of this program. If you find yourself in
―marching orders‖ for how many and what types of           East Texas, take the opportunity to visit the Fresh
fish need to be produced. We’ll stay busy!                 Water Fisheries Center in Athens. In addition to a
                                                           truly stunning display of Lunker bass, the facility
The rainbow trout (RBT) season came to a                   also offers an array of displays housing everything
successful end in early March. Total RBT stocked           from tiny East Texas Piney Woods stream habitats
throughout the state from December 1, 2009                 to giant reservoir and river dwellers like alligator
through March 8, 2010 was over 290,000 fish with           gar, blue cats and paddlefish. They will even let you
a total weight of over 88,000 lbs. Judging from the        feed the fish. Lake Zebco offers fishing
number of phone calls received each week                   opportunities for young people; we’ll furnish the
inquiring about trout stocking schedules and the           pole! And, there’s a museum of antique fishing
numbers of fish stocked, it would appear the               gear, outboard motors and other ―field and stream‖
rainbow trout program is a hit with the Texas fishing      related paraphernalia. We invite you come, enjoy
                                                           As always, you are invited to come visit any of our
The Texas Toyota Share-A-Lunker program is                 hatcheries any time. Go to the TPWD’s web site,
having a fine year. To date (March 10-2010) there          http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us for locations and
have been 14 Lunkers brought to the Fresh Water            directions.

                     Inside This Issue
President’s Corner                               1
40th Annual Conference & Trade Show              2
Happenings at Texas Parks & Wildlife             3
USDA Implements SURE Program                     4
TAA Awards                                       5
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force              6
Alternative Energy                               7
Comsumer Perception                              8
TAA Board Members                                8
Probiotics                                       9
Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers         10
New Board Members                               11
40th Annual Conference & Trade Show Photos      12

           Texas Aquaculture Association / Texas AquaNotes, Volume 22, No. 1                    April 2010
                             USDA Implements SURE Program
                                             By: Gary Jensen
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on          economically significant crops. For 2008 crops,
Dec. 24, that USDA has implemented the new              producers had the opportunity to obtain a waiver of
Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments                the risk management purchase requirement
program (SURE) in accordance with the 2008 farm         through a buy-in provision. Producers considered
bill. Vilsack encouraged producers to visit their       socially disadvantaged, a beginning farmer or
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office            rancher, or a limited resource farmer may be
beginning on Jan. 4, 2010, to participate in the        eligible for SURE without a policy or plan of
program if they suffered crop production losses         insurance or NAP coverage.
during the 2008 crop year.                              In addition to meeting the risk management
"This program is an important component of the          purchase requirement, a producer must have a
farm safety net and will provide financial assistance   farming interest physically located in a county that
to producers who have suffered crop losses due to       was declared a primary disaster county or
natural disasters," said Vilsack. "Producers will       contiguous county by the Agriculture Secretary
receive payments beginning in January, in time to       under a Secretarial Disaster Designation.
help them with planning for next year's crop."          Regardless of a Secretarial Disaster Designation,
SURE provides crop disaster assistance payments         individual producers may also be eligible for SURE
to eligible producers on farms that have incurred       if the actual production on the farm is less than 50
crop production or crop quality losses. The program     percent of the normal production on the farm due to
takes into consideration crop losses on all crops       a natural disaster. For SURE, a farm is defined as
grown by a producer nationwide. SURE provides           all crops in which a producer had an interest
assistance in an amount equal to 60 percent of the      nationwide.
difference between the SURE farm guarantee and          For more information on the new SURE program,
total farm revenue. The farm guarantee is based on      please visit your local FSA county office or
the amount of crop insurance and Non-insured            http://www.fsa.usda.gov.
Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage
on the farm. Total farm revenue takes into account      Gary Jensen
the actual value of production on the farm as well      National Program Leader for Aquaculture
as insurance indemnities and certain farm program       U.S. Department of Agriculture
payments.                                               National Institute of Food and Agriculture
To be eligible for SURE, producers must have            Mail Stop 2220
suffered at least a 10 percent production loss on a     1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
crop of economic significance. In addition,             Washington, D.C. 20250-2220
producers must meet the risk management
purchase requirement by either obtaining a policy       Email: gjensen@nifa.usda.gov
or plan of insurance, under the Federal Crop            Tel: 202-401-6802
Insurance Act or NAP coverage, for all                  Fax: 202-401-6156

 Texas Aquaculture Association / Texas AquaNotes, Volume 22, No. 1                                 April 2010

                                        TAA 2010 Awards
At the annual Texas Aquaculture Association                 systems and achieved production densities of 9
conference held in Bay City January 27 through              kg of shrimp per cubic meter with no water
29, TAA made the following awards. TAA                      exchange.
president, John Turner presented them to the
recipients.                                                 Charlie Chan from Austwell Aquafarms was
                                                            awarded the Aquaculturist of the Year award. He
The TAA/ Red Ewald college scholarship award                is a diversified fish and shrimp farmer and a long
went to Steven Bardin who holds an under                    time supporter of TAA.
graduate degree in aquatic science from Texas
A&M University. Steven works for Arms Fish                  The Outstanding Service Award was presented
Farm and is currently pursuing a graduate                   to Cindy Schmid in recognition of her tireless
degree at TAMU.                                             efforts in assisting TAA in putting on their annual
The Aquaculture Researcher of the Year award
was jointly presented to Dr. Tzachi Samocha and             President John Turner stated that the Texas
Josh Wikenfeld. They are with the Texas Agri-               Aquaculture Association was indeed proud to
Life Research Station in Flower Bluff, TX. They             honor this distinguished group of individuals.
work on shrimp culture in closed recirculating

     Steven Bardin            Aquaculture Researchers of the Year          Outstanding Service Award
2010 Scholarship Winner       Dr. Tzachi Samocha and Josh Wikenfeld   Cindy Schmid, Conference Coordinator

                    Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force News
The following information is from a memo to the             Department. Bob Pittman of the US Fish and
NAA director from John Teem of The Aquatic                  Wildlife Service has now retired and has left the
Nuisance Species Task Force, Gulf and South                 panel.
Atlantic Regional Panel Meeting held November
9th-11th, 2009 in Raleigh, NC. Of particular note,          Overview and Demonstration of the Risk
in this memo is the recent decision by TPWD to              Assessment Screening Tool- Michael Hoff (US
legalize the culture of water spinach and the plan          Fish and Wildlife Service). Various approaches
to address exotic species issues from a ―white              to assessing risk associated with invasive
list‖ within the next year.                                 species have been attempted which differ with
                                                            respect to the degree that scientific methodology
This meeting focused primarily on scientific                is used. As a start to improve the scientific data
presentations regarding invasive species and a              used in risk assessment, Mike Hoff has looked at
review of the panel’s Strategic Plan. Ron Lukens            various software databases that might be used to
was elected the new chair of the panel, replacing           predict the likelihood that a species would
Earl Chilton of the Texas Parks and Wildlife                become established in different regions of the

Texas Aquaculture Association / Texas AquaNotes, Volume 22, No. 1                       April 2010
United States. He has identified the Australian      Water spinach, previously considered an invasive
program CLIMATE as the software that offers the      plant species, will now be considered a crop
greatest utility for assessing a habitat match in    species in Texas. Two factors were important in
North America. He demonstrated the program for       changing the stance of the Texas Parks and Wildlife
the panel and showed how this information would      Department’s stance on water spinach. First, there
be entered into a flow chart process for risk        was an established market for water spinach within
analysis. Although the goal was to find a rapid      the Asian community, supplied by local businesses
method for evaluating species, problems in the       that had been in production for many years.
risk analysis were encounter later in the process    Secondly, an evaluation of the businesses that
if there was little known about the species          produced water spinach indicated that no releases
(especially the species’ history of invasiveness).   of water spinach had occurred into the surrounding
                                                     areas as a result of production.
What We Know About Penaeus monodon (Asian
Tiger Shrimp) – David Knott (Marine Resources        Summary – On two occasions during the meeting it
Research Institute).                                 was suggested that an invasive fish could be
Penaeus monodon is a no indigenous shrimp            managed through a fishery (once in reference to
that has been observed in recent years on the        lionfish and again in reference to silver carp).
Atlantic Coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico. The    Usually panel members are opposed to managing
species is not presently cultured in the United      invasive species through a commercial harvest, so
States, so it is currently unknown how the shrimp    it was notable that the harvesting strategy was
have entered these waters. It is also unknown        proposed twice at this meeting, yet no one raised
whether the shrimp are established or have been      an objection.
recently released (perhaps from a Caribbean
aquaculture operation). David Knott has              At this meeting Earl Chilton announced that Texas
proposed two possibilities that may account for      would be adopting a ―white list‖ for aquaculture
the recent observations. In one theory, the          species. Producers must notify the Texas Parks and
present P. monodon on the East coast are the         Wildlife Department of all species currently in
established descendants of 2000 shrimp               production within the next year. Once the initial
accidentally released in 1988 from an                white list is constructed, new species will only be
aquaculture facility in South Carolina. In the       added to the white list once they have been
second theory, the shrimp have their origins in a    evaluated and approved following a risk analysis.
shrimp farm located in the Dominican Republic.       Other states are also seriously considering a white
The Dominican Republic farm is close to the          list approach.
ocean and was reported to have suffered flood
damage from Tropical Storm Noel in 1977. DNA         Action Items – Aquaculture representatives in Texas
analysis from the shrimp may allow the source to     were reminded of the pending white list and the
be identified.                                       requirement to report all species in culture within a
Update on Water Spinach in Texas - Earl Chilton
(Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

    Texas Aquaculture Association / Texas AquaNotes, Volume 22, No. 1                                April 2010

                                              Alternative Energy
                                                    By Robert Schmid

Alternative energy was a ―hot topic‖ at the recent           species; imagine the difficulties in attempting to
World Aquaculture Society tri-annual meeting in              manage an entire eco-system?
San Diego. Over the course of the five day event,
there were presentations everyday regarding the              Changing directions completely, but, remaining with
potential for ―saving the world‖ using algae as a            the theme of alternative energy; some recent news
source of bio-diesel. As you might guess from my             regarding solar energy or PV energy.
―saving the world‖ line, I’m not so convinced.
                                                             Solar Industry Faces Stiff Price Drops
There were many presentations making claims of               The solar industry faces steep price declines again
high potential, if only… And that seemed to be               in 2010, although prices will drop at a more
where the catch came in. There were dozens of                moderate pace than last year, predicted iSuppli.
different approaches. Some presentations talked              While installed watts will grow by 64% this year, the
about how, with just the right tweaking of the               market research firm said module prices will decline
DNA, a particular algal strain could produce 10-             by an estimated 20%, following a 37.8% drop in
100 times more lipids, or more long chain this or            2009.
that, and in doing so, would make the
methodology financially feasible. All that was               By David Lammers, News Editor — PV Society,
required was just a little more research. Another            February 25, 2010
approach was; just make it all bigger. At the ―lab           What does all that mean? If you choose to have
bench‖ level it was demonstrated as feasible, at             solar panels installed on your property, the price
the pilot level, still feasible, but not cost effective,     is going down. Also, in a recent addition of
the next step, gather investors, raise millions of           Popular Science, in the ―What’s New‖ section,
dollars and build a 1000 acre farm! OH! Haven’t              two things caught my eye. One item was a PV
we seen that before!                                         energy system anyone could install with common
                                                             hand tools. Each module plugged into or could be
Another approach, which was a new term for me,               wired into a 110 volt circuit. The other item of
Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), or,             interest was PV composite shingles! According to
an even better one, Sustainable Ecological/                  PS, these new shingles would be available during
Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (SEA/IMTA).             the fall of 2010!
The concept, grow organizes from every trophic
level to eliminate waste, utilize all the recourses          A windmill aerator company had a booth at the
and become self-sufficient. Algae (micro and                 WAS trade show that was interesting. Through
macro) for bio-diesel and for feed stocks for the            improved engineering design, the windmill will
herbivores in your culture scheme, herbivores to             turn and generate aeration with as little a 5-7 mph
feed your predators, which will be the high dollar           winds. This methodology of pond aeration has yet
market species that drives the revenues and                  to reach commercial possibilities, but, the idea is
makes the operation profitable. This is a neat               intriguing.
idea, but, we’ve seen this before too. We all know
how hard it is to keep track of and provide the
best possible culture environment for just one

           Texas Aquaculture Association / Texas AquaNotes, Volume 22, No. 1                      April 2010

                        Consumer Perceptions About Seafood
                                              An Internet survey

I have not had an opportunity to read this paper         knowledge of key seafood issues, and barriers to
through completely or thoroughly, and believe the        seafood consumption. Consumers were asked if
subject matter is of utmost important to our             they had heard positive or negative information
industry. If you have an interest in reading the         about seafood and where they heard this
complete paper, e-mail me at;                            information. Respondents were categorized as
Rob.schmid@tpwd.state.tx.us and I will send it to        current seafood eaters (CSE), 88%; former
you.                                                     seafood
Doris Hicks,* Lori Pivarnik† and Ryan McDermott‡         eaters (FSE), 9%; and nonseafood eaters (NSE),
*University of Delaware, Delaware Sea Grant              3%. While only 22% of Americans met the United
Program, Lewes, DE 19958, USA;                           States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
†Nutrition and Food Sciences Department,                 recommendation of two servings of seafood each
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02892,          week, overall, 45% ate seafood at least once a
USA;                                                     week. Only 19% of women of childbearing age ate
‡College of Marine and Earth Studies, University         seafood two or more times per week. The top-
of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA.                      ranking reason for not eating seafood or changing
Abstract                                                 seafood consumption habits was taste preference
Consumer knowledge of and attitude toward                (46%) for FSE and NSE respondents, and
seafood and seafood consumption was assessed             affordability (45%) for CSE. Based on the results
using a nationwide Internet survey. The survey           of this survey, a better understanding of
was evaluated for content validity and was pilot         consumers’ seafood habits can be used for the
tested by consumers. There were 1062                     development of balanced messages for
respondents representing the US population for           consumers over a variety of demographics.
age, gender, income, ethnicity and geographic            Respondents chose the media (30%) and the
location. Respondents were asked questions               Internet (14%) as their preferred seafood
regarding                                                information resource.
seafood consumption frequency, sources of
information about seafood and preferred formats,

                             Texas Aquaculture Association
                                   BOARD MEMBERS
                            Term Expiration                                           Term Expiration
Brian Brawner                    2011                     Mark Kubecka, 1st VP             2011
Charlie Chan                     2012                     Michael Masser                   2012
Paul Dorsett                     2011                     David Maus                       2012
Jim Ekstrom                      2012                     Mike Robinson, Secretary         2011
Jon Herrmann                     2012                     Brett Rowley                     2011
Joan Holt                        2010                     Robert Schmid                    2012
Chase Holub                      2010                     Vance Schultze                   2011
Fritz Jaenike                    2010                     Granvil Treece                   2010
Malcolm Johnson III              2010                     John Turner, President           2010
John Jones, Treasurer            2012                     Peter Woods                      2010
Steve Klingaman                  2010

 Texas Aquaculture Association / Texas AquaNotes, Volume 22, No. 1                                     April 2010

                                               Snake Oil or Silver Bullet
                                                An article review from
                                      Fish Farming International
                                           October 2009 Issue 10, Vol. 36

During my years at Simaron, our intensive indoor                   As careful as we were, ants always found the sugar
culture systems went through a myriad of water quality             barrel (a Tupperware tub with a snap on lid) and
management ―gyrations‖. Remember, back in the early                made our lives miserable for messing with them.
90’s we were still experimenting with how to make              8&9. Insist on a consistent product from a reputable
indoor, closed, intensive systems work. There was                  company that is traceable and trackable for quality
―Voodoo‖ and ―magic‖ and the art of managing intensive             control. It’s difficult to know if what is being brewed
system water quality. Out in California, Steve Surfling            really has live organiziams in it or not. If something
and Solar Aqua-Farms had bio-floc and then ―ODAS‖                  appears to be going wrong, you can track the batch
(Organic Detrital Algal Soup). The Israelis believed in            of probiotic in use at the time of the ―derailment‖.
dumping sugar or molasses into culture systems to              10. Do the numbers; make sure what you’re doing is
―feed the bugs‖. All of these manipulations were, in one           cost effective. Again, at Simaron, what we learned
way or another, attempting a form of ―bio-exclusion‖;              through accurate record keeping was, probiotics
promoting the growth of good bugs (probiotics) with the            reduced mortality and increased FCRs by more
intention of crowding out the bad ones (pathogens).                than the cost of the product. It was a winner for us.
This article really hit home for me, reveling critical         Decamp goes on to say, there’s a second list of 5
points I had to learn the hard way, as we eventually hit       things you can not expect probiotics to do;
on a successful formula for managing our system.               1. Probiotic will not replace ineffective bio-security. If
                                                                   cross contamination is continually going on
Olivier Decamp of INVE (an agriculture and aquaculture
                                                                   between culture systems, between indoor and
nutrition and health group out of Belgium) contributed to
                                                                   outdoor systems, between farms, probiotic won’t
the article by making a list of 10 things you should ask
                                                                   likely provide much relief.
before leaping into probiotics use, praying it will save
                                                               2. Probiotics won’t solve culture system problems; if
the day.
                                                                   the system has chronic low dissolved oxygen or
1. When using a probiotics, the cell concentration has             high ammonia, probiotics won’t help.
    to be high enough to make a difference. Too little of      3. Probiotics won’t solve nutritional problems. If the
    a great product won’t make a difference.                       feed is poor quality, probiotics can’t help.
2. Keep records, document your actions and the                 4. Probiotic are bacteria. They may reduce the
    results; was there lower mortality, better FCRs,               stresses caused by other bacteria, giving the
    inhibition of pathogens?                                       immune system more of a fighting chance, but they
3. Confirm culture conditions are compatible; will the             won’t fight off viral diseases.
    probiotic grow at the pH of your system, at the            5. There are no ―Silver bullets‖ no ―Cure-alls‖. Ask the
    temperature, the salinity?                                     question, ―What do you want the probiotics to do‖?
4. Is the product safe for the target animals, the                 There may be a number of different products that
    environment, for humans?                                       can be combined, that will provide the solution
5. Is the product easy to store; no cold storage                   you’re looking for. But, as you start to create the
    needed?                                                        ―magic brew‖, it becomes difficult to truly evaluate
6. Does it have a long shelf life? You probably don’t              your costs and benefits.
    want to have to order it every 2 weeks.
7. Is it easy to apply? Avoid brewing, and culturing if        There you have it, ―Snake Oil or Silver Bullet‖; only you
    possible. At Simaron, the product we ultimately            can decide, and only after asking yourself these
    used required 24 hours of brewing with heavy               questions, and careful and methodical scrutinizing your
    aeration and 4 cups of sugar/ 5 gallons of culture.        answers.

Texas Aquaculture Association / Texas AquaNotes, Volume 22, No. 1                                 April 2010

                              Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers
Please read through the following announcement from the Dept. of Agriculture. There is plenty of
information here that may or maybe not be of any interest to the Texas Aquaculture Association

                                                                       imports of raw agricultural
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE                                              commodities, aquaculture products, or wild-
 Foreign Agricultural Service                                          caught aquatic species (each referred to as
 Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers                               "commodity'') have contributed importantly to a
 AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.                           greater than 15 percent decrease in the national
 -------------------------------------------------------------------   average price, or quantity of production, or value of
 The Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service                       production, or cash receipts for the commodity
(FAS), will begin accepting Trade Adjustment                           specified in the petition compared to the average of
Assistance (TAA) for Farmers petitions for fiscal                      the 3 preceding marketing years.
year 2010 beginning March 11, 2010. Petitioners
may file a form FAS-930 or their own submission                        To qualify, a group of producers or its authorized
setting forth the information required by 7 CFR part                   representative must petition the Administrator
1580.201(c) with FAS from March 11, 2010,                              (FAS) for trade adjustment assistance. Petitions
through April 14, 2010.                                                will be reviewed for completeness and timeliness.
                                                                       Once the petition is completed in accordance with 7
Petitioners must file their petition in accordance                     CFR part 1580.201, a notice of acceptance of the
with 7 CFR part 1580.201. The petition must be                         petition will be published in the Federal Register.
received by the TAA for Farmers Staff by close of                      An investigation will be initiated to verify whether or
business April 14, 2010. The petition must be sent                     not for the most recent marketing year and for the
in writing to the Foreign Agricultural Service,                        commodity produced by the group, increased
OTP/IPERD, MS-1021, Washington, DC 20250-                              imports contributed importantly to a greater than 15
1021, or by facsimile to (202) 720-0876, or by e-                      percent decrease in the national average price, or
mail to tradeadjustment@fas.usda.gov . The use of                      quantity of production, or value of production, or
fax or e-mail is recommended.                                          cash receipts for the agricultural commodity
                                                                       specified in the petition, compared to the average
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The American                                of the 3 preceding marketing years. If any one of
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L.                         these conditions is met, the Administrator (FAS) will
111-5) reauthorized the Trade Adjustment                               certify the group as eligible for trade adjustment
Assistance for Farmers program as established by                       assistance and publish a notice of the certification
Subtitle C of Title I of the Trade Act of 2002 (Pub.                   in the Federal Register.
L. 107-210), which amended the Trade Act of 1974.
The statute authorizes an appropriation of not more                    Eligible producers covered by the certification must
than $90 million for each fiscal year 2009 through                     file individual applications for assistance with the
2010, and $22.5 million for the period October 1                       Farm Service Agency, USDA, within 90 days of the
through December 31, 2010, to carry out the                            certification.
program. The regulations covering the program are
found at 7 CFR part 1580.                                              FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE
                                                                       IN COMPLETING FORM FAS-930, CONTACT:
Under this program, the U.S. Department of                             The Trade Adjustment Assistance Staff, FAS,
Agriculture (USDA) provides technical assistance                       USDA, at (202) 720-0638, or by e-mail:
and cash benefits to eligible producers of raw                          tradeadjustment@fas.usda.gov. Additional
agricultural commodities and fishermen (jointly                        program information can be obtained at the website
referred to as "producers'') when the FAS                              for the TAA for Farmers program. The URL is
Administrator determines that increased                                 http://www.fas.usda.gov/itp/taa/taa.asp.

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                                    New TAA Board Members
As new members come onto the TAA board, we               fish per acre. He presently owns and manages 33
like to provide an opportunity for the membership to     ponds, approximately 5 acres in size, or 165 acres
get to know them.                                        in pond production. Charlie plans to remain
Jon Herrmann graduated from TAMU-College                 diversified, and plans to stock marine shrimp again
Station '92 with a BS in WFSC with aquaculture           this season on the farm with catfish.
option. He worked in agriculture sales after             David Maus has graciously provided the following
graduation for King Ranch and farmed catfish part        information regarding his aquaculture career. He
time. In 1996, went full time in the recreational pond   was asked to keep it short and sweet, and he did a
stocking business. In 2001 we founded                    perfect job.
Herrmann's Fish Farm LLC in partnership with my          BS U of WA 1980
wife and parents. Currently there are eight full time    Masters Oregon State 1/83
employees including family. We produce freshwater        Grew oysters in Oregon until 6/84
pond/lake stocking species, but also broker fish         TX Parks and Wildlife at John Wilson Fish Hatchery
from the large hatcheries out of Arkansas. We also       (Now CPL Marine Development Center) 6/84 –
provide pond/lake management services. Jon is            9/86
married to Lacey with two kids (Hallee 6 & Hayes 3)      Designed, built and managed Redfish Unlimited.
Parents and business partners are DW and Kathy.          Grew redfish, shrimp and hybrid bass from 9/86
Jon says he is turning 40 this year and already          until 1/93.
starting to feel it.                                     TAA board member for most of that period.
Charles Chan is a businessman from Hong Kong.            Took a break from aquaculture for about 2 years
He built Austwell Aquafarms in Austwell, Texas in        Sales manager for Rangen’s TX mill for about 2
1995, and has lived on site since.                       years
Charlie battled a state regulatory agency for a          Managed Harvest Fresh Seafoods for about 2
permit to discharge and finally received a discharge     years. The farm produced redfish.
permit after 10 years. Up until recently the farm        Managed a marine lab in AL for Auburn University
practiced 100% recirculation since a discharge           from 1/2000 – 8/2006. The facility produced
permit was not given. Through the years Charlie          multiple marine species for stock enhancement with
has grown marine shrimp and more recently started        an emphasis on Red Snapper. Also did research on
growing catfish. He had 12 ponds built (60 acres) in     shrimp.
2004 when the Taura Syndrome Virus hit the Texas         Currently manage Silver Streak Bass Company, a
coast, but he rebounded and stocked 13 million PL        1,000 water acre farm near El Campo, TX
shrimp in 2005. In 2006 he had 84 acres of ponds         producing hybrid striped bass.
and produced 348,873 pounds of shrimp or an
average of 4,153 lbs. per acre. In 2008 Charlie
shifted to catfish and stocked approximately 7,000

Texas Aquaculture Association / Texas AquaNotes, Volume 22, No. 1                                April 2010
                             40th Annual Conference Picture Album

                                Trade Show                                 Trade Show

       Walkin-Talkin Lunch                     Impromptu Entertainment                    Aquaculture Banquet
                                               Ken Rust (Amos Sales)
                                               Reed Breedlove (ARKAT Feeds)

        Aquaculture Banquet                        Donated Raffle Items                 Antique Fish Farm Equipment

      Jim Ekstrom, Silent Auction/Raffle   Vicki Ekstrom, Shotgun Winner      Chris Smith, Estes Fire Pit Winner
      Malcolm Johnson, Live Auctioneer     Sponsored by Tyler Fish Farm      Sponsored by: El Campo Sheet Metal

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