Field Station Leader: Dr.
Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist
National Wildlife Research Center
Mississippi Field Station
P.O. Box 6099
Mississippi State University, MS 39762-6099
Aquaculture has grown tremendously over the last 25 years, especially
the production of catfish in the delta region of Mississippi. With
the growth in aquaculture has come a corresponding increase in predation
by fish-eating birds on aquaculture stocks. To address these bird problems
the National Wildlife Research Center of the USDA's Animal Damage Control
Program, under a Congressional directive, established a research station
at Mississippi State University in 1988.
Biologists at the NWRC Mississippi field station conduct studies with
both captive and free-ranging birds to determine the extent of fish-eating
bird damage; the local and regional population status of fish-eating
birds; and effective control methods.
The goal of Mississippi field station research is not centered on
the development of a single method as a panacea for all damage problems,
because none is likely to be cost-effective in all situations. Instead,
the continuing emphasis is on developing a number of alternative strategies
that can be integrated into a comprehensive management plan for cost-effective
reductions in fish-eating bird damage to aquaculture.
Economic Impacts and Developing Strategies for Reducing Avian Predation
in Aquaculture Systems*
* The official "Research Project" that describes the primary
focus of research performed at this NWRC field station. The Project
Web pages, in turn, describe goals, objectives and accomplishments of
the research. All Project Web pages are also listed under their respective