What’s interesting about Alabama’s Aquatic Resources & Aquaculture
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Both in volume and value, Alabama is one of the national leaders in several aquaculture enterprises. this is all thanks to the states soil, water, and human resources; with 29 families and 450 different species, Alabama is known as the state/province that has found many types of fish in North America. Fish species are represented by a large quantity scattered among various river ecosystems. Our fish species are spread across 16 river ecosystems in three major drainage groups. 41 endemic species in the Mobile basin, 14 located in the Tennessee River, as well as 8 located in ecosystems around the Mobile basin. Some species of fish include: the Small and Largemouth Bass, Blue Catfish, Vermilion Darter, and the Alligator Gar. More
Why So Many?
Having a large network of rivers, streams, springs, and lake; along with a diverse geological setting contributes to Alabama’s rich diversity in fish. Other factors include our temperate climate, and a high rainfall average. 563,000 is about the total amount of area that Alabama’s major freshwater rivers cover. This includes all of the lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. If you go and look at the geography of the area you could also suspect that many of our species has traveled here from the Northern states. With the freezing and melting of the icecaps and new streams forming and drying up. Fish could have travel South and over the course of a a few million years have just settled within their current location. We can confer this from the many types of fish species that can also be located from the Atlantic coast and Mississippi River that have made their new home in Alabama. More
What’s interesting about the Alabama Fisheries Association
The Alabama Fisheries Association, Inc. (AFA) is an organization of individuals from various fisheries and water resource-related groups dedicated to the development, conservation, and management of commercial and recreational fisheries in Alabama and the wise utilization and protection of fisheries and aquatic habitats. The AFA is incorporated as a non-profit educational organization and has tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. Donations are tax deductible.
Support the exchange of ideas, programs, and experience of the members concerning fisheries science, aquaculture, and water resources.
Organize and support technical forums relating to fisheries and aquatic resources.
Collect and disseminate fisheries-related information to the membership and other interested parties.
Develop public awareness regarding fisheries and aquatic resource issues.
Promote professional advancement of outstanding students with financial assistance through a scholarship fund.