Defining Economic Impacts and Developing Strategies for Reducing Avian Predation in Aquaculture Systems
Because of the extensive losses suffered by aquacultural producers, the National Wildlife Research Center established a field station in Starkville, Mississippi, in 1988 to research not only the economic impacts but the hows and whys of bird predation and how to minimize or prevent it. NWRC scientists with the aquaculture research project study captive and free-ranging birds to better understand what conditions or behaviors influence predation rates. For example scientists are looking at bird foraging patterns, bird population distributions, preferred prey size, and a host of other factors that may influence how much product is lost to bird predators. Additional studies are looking at the role that birds play in transmission of catfish parasites. Ultimately, all of these studies should provide data that will promote innovative approaches to reducing bird predation impacts on aquaculture.
Project Leader: Dr. Fred L. Cunningham
Mississippi Field Station
P.O. Drawer 6099
Mississippi State University, MS 39762-6099
Project Goal and Objectives