Tuesday, June 09, 2009
I'm in aquaculture heaven.
In the last few days, I've seen algal culture systems, marine baitfish culture research, clam culture, snail culture, oyster culture, and pompano culture.
Sorry I didn't post on Monday ... I got up at 3 AM and drove straight to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute for aquaculture training ... after I went to bed at midnight.
Three hours of sleep, 4 hours of driving, and 8 hours of training wiped me out. After class, I ate some take out Chinese (Kung Pao) and hit the rack early to catch up on my beauty sleep.
I can do a little product endorsement here though. You know that 5 Hour Energy stuff in the little bottle?
Well, let me tell you, it works... instantly. An hour into my early morning drive had me feeling too tired and noddy to be safe. I had a bottle of that stuff along with me ... just in case.
After only a few sips, I was feeling quite perky and the rest of the drive was a breeze.
I would definitely use it again when coffee wasn't available.
It did get me safely to Harbor Branch where I have been quite spongelike in my attempts to absorb all the knowledge in this Mecca of aquaculture.
The tiny specs above are very young pompano fish. Pompano are high value fish in the jack family. Unlike the rest of their family, they are considered to be a delicacy and demand a high price at the market or in a restaurant.
In less than a year, they go from egg to a market sized fish and are a hot aquaculture species.
Here's a flash picture of a pompano grow-out tank. It's a large circular tank and one of many inside a Harbor Branch aquaculture building. They keep the lights dim and the tank is black, so I had to use flash to stop the action of the fish who were just going NUTS as I stood by the tank to photograph them. They think when someone steps up onto the platform that they are going to be fed, so it's FRENZY time.
I have a short video clip of this, but it doesn't want to upload tonight so I will have to keep trying on that one.
It's going to be a fishy week here at Pure Florida.