Tag Archives: Dr. Todd Sink

Pond maintenance boosts performance, prevents catastrophes

COLLEGE STATION – Pond health and maintenance should be a top priority for landowners who want to get the most out of their favorite fishing hole, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Todd Sink, AgriLife Extension aquaculture specialist, College Station, said maintaining ponds is critical to increasing fish productivity and avoiding fish kills. Environmental factors like declining dissolved oxygen during peak summer months or inhospitable pH and alkalinity levels can lead to major problems in stock ponds, Sink said. “Summer is coming,” he said. “Right… Read More →

Aquaponics program June 14 in Overton

OVERTON – Hobbyists and prospective aquaponics enthusiasts can learn from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts about aquaponics and aquaculture during a June 14 program in Overton. The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 Farm-to-Market Road 3053. Cost is $60 per person or $80 per couple. Registration is on-site beginning at 7:30 a.m. and checks or cash will be accepted at the door. Lunch is not provided at this event. Dr. Joe Masabni, AgriLife… Read More →

AgriLife Extension to present Texas Game Species series in San Antonio

Programs will be July through September at agency office for Bexar County SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the Urban Wildlife Series “Texas Game Species” July through September in San Antonio. The six programs of the series, sponsored by the Bexar County Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, will be held at the agency’s office in the Conroy Square business complex, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr. Each will be held from 10 a.m.-noon in Suite 208 of the complex. The cost is $30 for the… Read More →

Expert: Changes in aquaculture have consumers landing ‘higher value’ fish

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Todd Sink, 979-845-7471, todd.sink@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Consumer trends continue to drive an industry change from traditional aquaculture species like catfish to higher value species including redfish and hybrid striped bass, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Redfish are trending upward in price and consumer demand along with other alternative species like hybrid striped bass compared to traditional aquaculture species like catfish. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Todd Sink) Dr. Todd Sink, AgriLife Extension aquaculture… Read More →

Southern Flounder Clones: A Potential Remedy for a Species in Decline

   Southern flounder are “floundering” as wild population densities decline. One of the big three sportfish in Texas, along with redfish and spotted seatrout, southern flounder are a sought after gamefish of commercial and recreational importance. Due to overharvest, accidental bycatch, water temperature rise and other factors, the flounder numbers are declining in Texas waterways.  Along with Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas A&M University’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Dr. Todd Sink and graduate research assistant Elizabeth Silvy have developed a methodology that may aid stock enhancement programs… Read More →

USDA Southern Regional Aquaculture Center Grant to evaluate probiotics in finfish hatcheries

Lead scientists, Dr. Delbert Gatlin from TAMU and Dr. Mike Frinsko from North Carolina State, along with cooperators from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, University of Alabama at Birmingham, NCSU Raleigh and Texas Agrilife Extension (Dr. Todd Sink), have recently been awarded a grant from the USDA Southern Regional Aquaculture Center to evaluate probiotics in finfish hatcheries to improve larval production. Trials to determine the effectiveness of various probiotics and prebiotics in larval production will be performed with southern flounder, red drum, and striped bass. The portion of… Read More →

CCA Texas Advocacy Director and Assistant Director visited the ARTF

CCA Texas Advocacy Director Shane Bonnot and CCA Texas Assistant Director Drew Adams visited the ARTF on Wednesday, November 14.  ARTF faculty and staff had the opportunity to visit with CCA Texas representatives and share the latest in TAMU research in fisheries and aquaculture.  Much common ground was found in the missions of the two agencies and a good time was had by all.  You can hear more of the conversation on CCA’s podcast here: https://ccatexas.org/coastal-advocacy-adventures-podcast-episode-31-texas-am-aquaculture-research-and-teaching-facility/   Dr. Todd Sink introduces CCA Texas Advocacy Director Shane Bonnot and… Read More →

WFS Academy — To the Future

On February 13th and 14th, a total of forty-five participants, including Texas Master Naturalists and the general public, attended the first annual Wildlife and Fisheries Specialist Academy. The workshop, presented by Dr. Todd Sink, Dr. John Tomecek and Dr. Maureen Frank, covered topics focused on Aquatic Vegetation and Wildlife Management over the 2 days of attendance. The event is designed to provide advanced training to volunteers who can then support or expand specific county educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Wildlife and Fisheries Extension Unit. (Day One… Read More →

Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy – Time is Running Out!

Time is running out to register for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Wildlife & Fisheries Extension Unit’s first annual Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy.The purpose of the Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy is to provide advanced training whereby master volunteers can support or expand specific county educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The goal of the Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy is not to produce “experts”, rather to identify Master Volunteers who have received highly specialized training to support specific natural resource-related programs or projects…. Read More →

Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy – February 13 & 14th

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Wildlife & Fisheries Extension Unit is hosting their first annual Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy. The purpose of the Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy is to provide advanced training whereby master volunteers can support or expand specific county educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The goal of the Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy is not to produce “experts”, rather to identify Master Volunteers who have received highly specialized training to support specific natural resource-related programs or projects. Such projects may include… Read More →

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Nov. 21, 2017

Catfish production down but Texas producers faring well Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Todd Sink, 979-845-7471, todd.sink@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas catfish production is down, but that’s not bad news for fish producers around the state, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Todd Sink, AgriLife Extension fisheries specialist, College Station, said Texas catfish producers were slowly entering the annual catfish harvest and production was expected to be down about 5 percent. The drop, however, is attributed to producers’ shift to production of higher value species such… Read More →

Stocking new ponds with fish is a process

By: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Todd Sink, 979-845-7471, Todd.Sink@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Spring is a good time for landowners with new ponds to begin stocking fish but a planned approach is recommended, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension fisheries specialist Todd Sink. “A lot of people think you just put fish in a pond and it is stocked and will result in a good fish population,” said Sink, who is based in College Station. “But you must first assure the water chemistry is correct to adequately support… Read More →