Feed focus: Keys to optimal feeding in early rearing
By Mari-Len De Guzman
The early stage of a fish lifecycle is critical in the successful farming of various species, and optimal feeding and nutrition are key to raising healthy fish. In this webinar, Wendy Sealey, research physiologist with the Bozeman Fish Technology Center at the USDA Agriculture Research Service, will present some key trends in early stage feeding as well as best practices for hatchery feeding success. Sealey will also share results of a recent feeding trial examining the effects of hemp seed meal on rainbow trout growth.
About the speaker:
Dr. Wendy Sealey is a research physiologist at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center, USDA Agricultural Research Service. Her college education started with a B.S in Animal Science from Auburn University in 1994. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she took a job at the USDA, ARS Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory in Auburn. As a small-town, rural, north Alabama girl that job was her first exposure to the world of aquaculture. However, when she approached graduation and had numerous fish industry job offers, she recognized the growth potential of the industry and decided to better prepare herself for some of those opportunities in the aquaculture field by pursuing her M.S. in Pathobiology. She subsequently obtained her M.S. from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 under the direction of Dr. Phillip Klesius. Recognizing her interest in pursuing the interactions between aquatic animal nutrition and health, she then chose to pursue her dissertation work under the direction of Dr. Delbert Gatlin at Texas A&M University where she received her Ph.D. in Nutrition in 2000.
On March 29, 2021, Sealey began working as a research physiologist with USDA, ARS at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center (BFTC). For the eleven years (2009-2021) prior to that she has served as a research fish physiologist with the USFWS at the same location. In both positions, she worked/works collaboratively to help coordinate the operation of a world-class fish nutrition manufacturing laboratory formulating and manufacturing feeds for a variety of aquatic species at various life stages. Prior to her work in Bozeman, she worked for the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and the University of Idaho at the Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station (2003-2009). Collectively, these experiences have taught her on multiple scales the skills to conduct research and build programs by securing funding in a variety of environments. Through these experiences, she has had the opportunity to serve as academic faculty, a federal researcher, an outreach professional, as well as a NGO and industry consultant multiple times and learned the importance of communicating and working collaboratively with a variety of academic, industry and federal groups.