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Jacob Jones
Jacob Jones

Finding Ways for Commercial Production of Gulf Killifish

Jacob Jones is a junior in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture. He is studying the Gulf killifish. The fish, which move easily between fresh and saltwater, is a hardy species that is becoming popular baitfish for sportfish species such as redfish. For the killifish to be produced commercially, however, researchers have to address specific issues that are preventing the commercial culture of the species. The first has to do with developing protocols to establish enough spawning females to produce and care for the young. The second has to do with establishing egg collection and incubation methods that can be scaled up for use in commercial hatcheries. Jones will work alongside mentor, Peter Allen, associate professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture, to measure individual female egg output and determine the number of females needed for batch spawning. Additionally, the team will test different spawning substrate materials for egg deposition and ease of egg collection and incubation.

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Undergraduate Research Symposium

Katherine Abell, a wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture major, and Zachary Senneff, a forestry major, were among the winners of the 2014 MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium. Abell placed first in the community engagement and social sciences categories and Senneff placed second in the biological sciences and engineering category.

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