Aquaculture specialist to lead ‘Fish Stories’ talk at UH-MC


Auburn University aquaculture researcher Karen Veverica will host a talk titled “Fish Stories” at University of Hawaii Maui College in Kahului from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. She will to discuss the challenges of raising finfish in warm, freshwater environments such as Maui. The event will be held at the Community Service Building.

“We are excited for Dr. Veverica to share her experiences and knowledge with our aquaponics community on Maui,” said Susan Miller, UH-MC Aquaponics Greenhouse manager.

Veverica will field questions on all topics, including proper aeration in both outdoor fish ponds and controlled environment greenhouse food production. With more than 35 years of experience in aquaculture in mostly warm freshwater, Veverica has a special interest in fish production in developing countries and linking research and extension services to promote aquaculture as business, according to an announcement.

She has particular expertise in building small teams of individuals in the countries where she’s worked. Although Veverica has often managed research projects, she prefers to work in production, training and on-farm technical backstopping. She’s led 20 years of long-term assignments in Africa, including the AquaFish Innovation Lab project in Uganda.

As an aquaculture specialist since 1981 at Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences in Alabama, Veverica currently serves as director of the E.W. Shell Fisheries Research Center. The station (one of the largest university fish stations in the world) is on 900 hectares of land and has about 350 ponds, covering 100 hectares of water surface, and several wet labs housing more than 2,000 tanks.

More than 25 species of fish are reared at the center, including tilapia, channel and blue catfish, bass, bluegill and various carps.

This talk is being sponsored by the UH-MC Sustainable Living Institute of Maui. It is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 295-0659.