Published on 08/18/15

UGA Extension to host pond management workshop in Canton

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will present a pond management workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 6-9 p.m. at the Cherokee County Bluffs business center in Canton, Georgia.

UGA Extension aquaculturist Gary Burtle will lead the class, which will cover water quality and testing, lime-treating and fertilizing a pond, weed identification and control, and population assessment and management.

Based on the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences campus in Tifton, Georgia, Burtle researches channel catfish, hybrid catfish, freshwater prawns, white-legged shrimp and planktivorous fish. He also leads UGA Extension programs on aquaculture management, diseases, sport fish pond management and aquatic weed control.

The Cherokee County Extension office is sponsoring the pond management workshop.

“Once a pond is properly stocked, fertilization and liming can greatly increase fish production,” said Josh Fuder, UGA Extension agent in Cherokee County. “Properly managed ponds can provide an abundant supply of fish for food and recreation, attract wildlife, add aesthetic benefit and increase the value of land in both urban and rural settings.”

The workshop is designed for pond owners and managers as well as anyone interested in fishing and managing natural resources. Participants can earn two pesticide continuing education credits in category 26 (aquatic) and/or one credit in category 10 (private applicator).

Registration is $15 and the class is limited to 40 people. Register by mailing the fee to the program’s sponsor, UGA Extension—Cherokee County, Attn. Josh Fuder, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Suite G49, Canton, GA 30114. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, Aug. 26.

For more information, call the Cherokee County Extension office at (770) 721-7803 or visit

Burtle and UGA fisheries professor Jay Shelton will also be among the speakers at the Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day set for Sept. 17 on the UGA campus in Griffin. For more information on this field day, call (770) 229-3477 or go to

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