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September 17, 2018

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2018 Request For Pre-Proposals

The USDA NIFA Southern Regional Aquaculture Center is conducting a Request for Pre-proposals (RFPs) for two priority projects.

The first request is for pre-proposals for a Policy Analysis of the Implications of Changes in Federal Authority under the Lacey Act to Prohibit Interstate Movement of Injurious Wildlife. Recent court cases brought against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have determined that the USFWS lacks the authority to prohibit shipments of injurious wildlife across state lines within the continental United States. A policy analysis of potential responses to recent changes in the Lacey Act could inform the industry as well as regulatory agencies in order to improve decision making for an environmentally responsible and economically effective outcome.

The second request is for pre-proposals to address the Epidemiology of Edwardsiella piscicida - Septicemia in Catfish and other Commercially Important Fish Species in the Southern United States.  Bacterial septicemia associated with Edwardsiella piscicida, previously identified as E. tarda, is an emerging disease in the US catfish industry. E. piscicida is increasingly recognized as a virulent pathogen with a wide host range affecting more than 20 economically important fish species. The economic losses on hybrid catfish farms are substantial as outbreaks primarily affect market-size fish during the grow-out phase of production.

Both of these projects will be developed using the “comprehensive method” through which a team of multi-state scientists, having demonstrated records of expertise in the subject, complete a single pre-proposal that addresses all project objectives.  One pre-proposal for each project will be selected for funding based on review by a committee of scientists not involved in any of the proposals that are submitted.

Project teams wishing to participate in this proposed area of research and extension activity should submit their pre-proposals by September 30, 2018. Send an electronic copy (Word) of the pre-proposal to the SRAC Director (jimmy.avery@msstate.edu). If you have any questions about the application process, please send these requests to Kristen Thompson, SRAC Business Manager, at k.thompson@mssstate.edu.

Links:

Policy Analysis of the Implications of Changes in Federal Authority under the Lacey Act to Prohibit Interstate Movement of Injurious Wildlife

Epidemiology of Edwardsiella piscicida - Septicemia in Catfish and other Commercially Important Fish Species in the Southern United States

Guidelines for Writing a SRAC Pre-Proposal Comprehensive Method

30th Annual Progress Report

The 30th Annual Progress Report is now available, click HERE to read.

SRAC YouTube Channel:

SRAC now has a YouTube Channel where you can go to see all of our videos. Click HERE to see them.

Aquaculture News:

2013 NASS Census of Aquaculture

New Publications:

1. 4312 Preventing Escape from Aquaculture Operations

2. 425 Hormone Preparation, Dosage Calculation, and Injection Techniques for Induced Spawning of Foodfish

3. 428 Hormone Preparationk Dosage Calculation, and Injection Techniques for Induced Spawning: Baitfish and Ornamental Fish

4. 7213 Species Profile: Clownfish

5. 0231 Alligator Production: Breeding, Egg Collection, Incubation, and Hatching

6. 3602 Aquatic Herbicide Mode of Action and Use Implications

7. 5007 Principles of Small-Scale Aquaponics

8. 475 Proliferative Gill Disease (Hamburger Gill Disease)

9. 474 The Role of Stress in Fish Disease

10. 230 American Alligator Production: An Introduction