Trends in Commercial Fish Farming Practices in Arkansas

If trout farms are excluded, commercial fish farming, per se, in Arkansas, is only about fifteen years old. This neophyte industry has already progressed through several phases of development to the more mature and studied practices found today, from the haphazard period when many thought they could get rich quickly without much work and with little management. Each farmer or reservoir owner tends to analyze his own resources and follows the practices which will make him the most profit. Although there is no "patented medicine practice," current fish farming activity can be classed under several headings, i.e., bait minnows, channel catfish production, controlled food fish reservoirs, multiple purpose reservoirs and surface water storage reservoirs.

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