Aquaculture Research by the National Wildlife Research Center
Wildlife Services’ (WS) National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) is the only Federal research facility devoted exclusively to resolving conflicts between people and wildlife through the development of effective, selective, and acceptable methods, tools, and techniques. NWRC’s field station in Starkville, MS is located in the heart of the primary aquaculture producing area of the southeastern United States and was established to develop methods to reduce the impacts of fish-eating birds on aquaculture stocks. Current research is aimed at gaining information about the abundance, distribution, and foraging behavior of fish-eating birds, the economic impacts associated with their foraging activities, and the diseases they transmit at aquaculture facilities. This information will help develop new techniques for reducing damage.