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Although this book provides information on warmwater aquaculture in the United States that should be useful to aquacultural suppliers, lending institutions, resource managers, interested citizens, and others, the principal purpose is to tell the fish farmer what is to be done, why it is to be done, and how to do it. The reader is provided with the essentials of successful warmwater fish farming. The emphasis in this book is clearly on channel catfish, ranging from maintenance of brood stock to the culture of fingerlings and the production of market-sized fish. However, production techniques are described for numerous other fishes of commercial importance, as well as for crayfish, prawns, bullfrogs, and alligators. Other topics of potential interest to practicing aquaculturists include polyculture; nutrition and feeding; harvesting, holding, and transporting of fish; parasites and diseases; and multiple use of land and water.