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Gary Burtle

Dr. Burtle is an Extension aquaculture and fisheries specialist at the University of Georgia Tifton campus. His current projects involve aquaponics, aquatic plants, algae blooms, channel catfish, bluegill sunfish, freshwater prawns and nanobubble generation in ponds. He has Extension programs for aquaculture management, aquaculture development, fish disease diagnostics, sport fish pond management and aquatic weed control. He is also working on a cooperative project with the United States Agency for International Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization (USAID/FAO) in Nigeria, looking at improving fish nutrition by advancing rice-fish culture, a practice that integrates rice agriculture with aquaculture using freshwater fish. Burtle teaches undergraduate courses in aquaculture and animal science issues on the Tifton campus.

He obtained his doctorate in Aquaculture with a concentration in Fish Nutrition at Auburn University after beginning graduate studies in biology at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He majored in biology with a chemistry minor at the University of Illinois.

Burtle came to Georgia in 1987 after working with Extension and Research programs on catfish and baitfish in Arkansas. He has experience as a catfish processing plant manager and fish farm manager in Alabama and Mississippi. He worked in aquatic biochemistry and aquatic plant management at the Illinois Natural History Survey from 1972 to 1975 and has been involved with aquatic plant management ever since.

Gary and his wife, Melissa, have three boys and a grandson. He has been active in Cub and Boy Scouts (Silver Beaver), youth baseball and other sports. He calls himself a “meat fisherman” and always hopes for a full cooler when fishing. He has been active in church leadership, Lions Club and Knights of Columbus.