MSU announces new aquaculture leadership

By The Associated Press

STONEVILLE — Two Mississippi State University scientists are taking on new leadership roles in the school’s aquaculture program in Stoneville.

Jimmy Avery, who has served as the MSU Extension Service aquaculture specialist since 1999, is the new director of the Southern Regional Aquaculture Center.

The center supports aquaculture research and education in the Southeast and works to benefit consumers, producers, service industries and the American economy.

David Wise, a research professor with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, is the coordinator of the Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center. Wise has been employed by the center since 1993 and has conducted research on fish health.

Wise will continue to conduct research that targets specific diseases and parasites that threaten the health of fish and the economic well-being of producers.