David Cline, Extension Aquaculture Specialist, Auburn University
Many landowners who are interested in aquaculture may not have the financial and physical resources or the practical experience to start a large-scale aquaculture operation. Growing fish in cages can be a means for landowners with existing ponds to produce fish for supplemental income and to gain experience in aquaculture. Cage culture is an intensive form of aquaculture that has its own set of advantages and disadvantages that should be carefully considered before making an investment.
The advantages of cage culture include:
For more information about cages including construction materials, cage designs, species selection and stocking, cage placement, potential problems, harvesting and marketing refer to the publications listed below.
Edited by: Vanessa Weldon, Extension Associate, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
What Is Cage Culture? (pdf)
Best Management Practices for Responsible Aquaculture (pdf)
Cage Culture: Species Suitable for Cage Culture (pdf)
Cage Culture: Site Selection and Water Quality (pdf)
Cage Culture: Cage Construction, Placement, and Aeration (pdf)
Cage Aquaculture: Regional Reviews and Global Overview (pdf)
Cage Culture Problems (pdf)
Cage Culture: Handling and Feeding Caged Fish (pdf)
Cage Culture: Harvesting and Economics (pdf)
Caged Fish Production in Alabama (pdf)
Cage Culture of Tilapia (pdf)