Journal of NACAA

Engaging aquaculture farmers in participatory research

ISSN 2158-9429

Volume 17, Issue 1 - June 2024

Editor: Linda Chalker-Scott


A participatory research study involving aquaculture farmers was conducted in Arkansas to develop a warning system for carbon dioxide (CO2) present in fresh groundwater. The participatory study involved nine commercial farms representing baitfish, sportfish, ornamental fish, and catfish; and one research facility. The participatory study was developed during 52-weeks and had an average responsiveness of 34.2% based on the weekly reporting of water quality data (temperature, pH, alkalinity, hardness, iron content, and carbon dioxide). Actions of commercial producers derived from this study included increasing capacity of aeration tower units, cleaning, and removal of sediments, and improving facility maintenance protocols.

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