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Brian Nerrie

Nerrie, Brian, PhD

Dept. of Agriculture

Assistant Professor, Aquaculture Extension Specialist

Phone: 804-524-5903
Fax: 804-524-5245


  • Ph.D. (1987) Auburn University (Aquaculture and Aquaculture Production Economics)
  • M.S.(1979) Auburn University (Aquaculture/Nutrition)
  • B.A (1972) Marist College (Environmental Sciences)
  • Licence: Commercial Aquatic Pesticide Applicator Category 10


  • 1988-present  Virginia State University (VSU), Extension Specialist, Aquaculture/Assistant Professor
  • 2000- Present: Split Appointment (75% Extension/25% Academic); Responsible to Dean and Director, VSU Cooperative Extension, School of Agriculture; Identified Aquacultural Extension Program Needs; Developed Monthly Educational Program with On-Route Objectives to Meet Annual Extension Program Goals for Aquaculture; Trainer, Aquatic Weed Management, Certification Program
  • Instructor, Graduate and Undergraduate Level Aquaculture Courses; Developed Specific Aquaculture Course Curriculums: Introduction to Aquaculture, Pond Management, Aquaculture Systems Design, Aquatic Weed Control, Fish Breeding and Genetics, Salmonids, Hatchery Management, Fish Processing Technology, Fish Nutrition; Limnology; Internship; Supervisor, Master Thesis Studies; Student Mentor Chair, Data Collection Subcommittee, Faculty Committee; Graduate Research Committee; Member, National Catfish Database Committee; Academic Advisor, Aquatic Science Program (10 students) 1993-present; Building Manager, 1994-2001;   Appointed Interim Project Leader (1992-93); Coordinated Private Sector Aquaculture Infrastructure and Market Development; Member, Virginia Aquaculture Advisory Board Technical Committee, 1995-present; Faculty Council, 1998-2000, Vice-Chair, 1999-2000; Faculty Senate, 2002 – 2006, Assistant Secretary, 2006; Faculty Senate Vice-Chair 2007-2008 
  • 1997-1999: Appointed, Principal Investigator, Shrimp Polyculture Study
  • 1992 - Present: Served as Member USDA Aquaculture Information and Technology Transfer Task Force (AITT); Member of AITT Committees; Electronic Information Systems, Information-Sharing and Referrals, Resource Guide to Aquaculture
  • 1990-1994 Appointed to Virginia Agriculture Council; Responsibility: Aquatic Environment Projects
  • 1987-1988 Auburn University, Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Editor, "ICA COMMUNICAE", International Newsletter, Circulation 1400; Training Coordinator - Organized and Scheduled Short-Term Training for Peace Corps Fisheries Volunteers, 55 Trainees; Short-term International Aquaculture Development Program Evaluations: Jamaica, Rwanda
  • 1984-1987 Auburn University, Graduate Research Assistant:  Asst. Director, 16-Week Aquaculture Training Program, March-July 1980, 1985, 1986 and 1987; 10-20 International Participants per year; Conducted In-depth Survey of Catfish Farmer Production Practices over Three-Year Period
  • 1981-1983 USAID/JAMAICA:  Extension Advisor to Aquaculture Development      Project; Research Associate:  USAID/Govt. of Jamaica Fisheries Development Proj, Extension Advisor; Institutionalized Extension Program; Sustained Productive Relationship with Counterparts; Established Manageable Project Area; Devised Goal-Oriented Strategy for Private Sector Semi-Intensive Monosex Tilapia (Tilapia nilotica) Farming Acceptance and Growth
  • 1977-1980 Auburn University:  Graduate Research Assistant: Conducted Pond and Aquarium Growth Research on All-Male Population of Tilapia nilotica with Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) as Predator: Compared Yields and Economic Feasibility of Pelleted Manures Versus Commercial Ration; Monitored Water Quality; Conducted Bi-Weekly Growth Sampling; Completed Stomach Analysis and Taste Tests; Analyzed and Reported Results
  • 1973-1976 U.S. Peace Corps/Philippines:  Fisheries Volunteer.  Republic of the Philippines (RP); U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer; Director, 15-Week Peace Corps/Philippines Fisheries Orientation and Development Program (ODP), Fresh and Brackish Water Fish-Pond Production and Artisanal Fisheries Improvement (27 Trainees); Tech. Supervisor, Fingerling Production and Extension, 15-Week Training (18 Trainees); Research Coordinator, BFAR/National Pollution Control Commission: Conducted Bi-Weekly Water Quality and Fish Growth Sampling; Extension Agent (Mindinao): Milkfish (Chanos chanos) and Prawn (Penaeus monodon) Culture; Developed Positive Community Relationship; Completed Regional Farmer and Pond Survey

Selected Publications

  • Nerrie, B. 2014. The Science of Virginia’s Aquaculture Feed Prices. (abs) JVAS

  • Nerrie, B. 2014. Virginia’s aquaculture extension  model: market driven. (abs) WAS-2014 p. 369

  • Nerrie, B. 2013.  Monosex culture of freshwater shrimp (Macrobrachium  rosenbergii).  (abs) JVAS

  • Nerrie, B. S. Watkins, A. Reid, H. Wheeler, S.Morton. 2013. Realities of S.T.E.M. aquaculture education. (abs) WAS-2013  p.888

  • Nerrie, B. 2013.  Bait production: rainbow trout cage culture. (abs) WAS-2013 

  • Nerrie, B. and M. Guthrie. 2013. Vertical integration of small-scale freshwater shrimp farm in Virginia. (abs) WAS-2013 

  • David D. Kuhn*, Dianne Bourne, George J. Flick, Jr., Linda Granata, Daniel Kauffman, Laura Lawson, Lori Marsh, Brian Nerrie, Martha Walker, Harriet Williams. 2013 Development of post-harvest processing protocols and markets for freshwater prawns Macrobrachium  rosenbergii.  (abs) WAS-2012 

  • Nerrie, B. 2012. Direct sales: best management practices for freshwater shrimp.  (abs) JVAS

  • Nerrie, B. 2012. Carbon footprint of local freshwater shrimp production in Virginia. (abs) WAS-2012 p. 337

  • Nerrie, B. 2011. Practical-activity based pond aquaculture education program with a focus on women. WAS-2011 p. 326

  • Flick, G. D. Bourne, B. Nerrie, D. Kuhn, and L. Marsh. 2011. Post harvest handling/processing for quality assurance of pond raised freshwater shrimp Macrobrachium  rosenbergii. (abs) WAS-2011 p. 157

  • Nerrie, B. 2010. Overcoming constraints to commercial small-scale aquaculture in Virginia. (abs) WAS-2010 p. 432

  • Nerrie, B.. and James K. Rindfleisch. 2009. Mosquito fish hatchery production issues in Virginia (abs) WAS-2010

  • Nerrie, B. 2009. Post-harvest extension of market season for pond-raised live freshwater shrimp in greenhouse tanks. (abs) JVAS

  • Nerrie, B. 2008 Innovative Cooperative Extension-private sector linkage: freshwater shrimp production in Virginia.  (abs), WAS – 2008

  • Nerrie, B. and Albert O. Reid. 2008.  Effective methodology used by Virginia State University aquaculture extension to reach underserved clients.   (abs), WAS – 2008 p. 419

  • Mullins, C. and B. Nerrie. 2008. Small-scale aquaponic production in Virginia. (abs), WAS – 2008 p. 110

  • Pao, S, M.R. Ettinger, M.F. Khalid, A.O. Reid and B.L. Nerrie  2008. Microbial Quality of Raw Aquacultured Fish Fillets Procured from Internet and Local Retail Markets" was published in JFP vol. 71, No. 2008, pp. 1544-1549.Nerrie, B. 2007. Expansion of Virginia’s freshwater shrimp production (abs), WAS - 2007

  • Nerrie, B. 2006 Aquaculture Development A Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Report, USAID/Ethiopia Min. of Agric.  27 pp.

  • Nerrie, B. 2006. Southside Virginia farm diversification through aquaculture (abs), WAS – 2006 p. 373

  • Kenneth R. Thompson, Linda S. Engler, Laura A. Muzinic, Carl D. Webster, William H. Daniels, Carole R. Engle, Peter W. Perschbacher, Rebecca T. Lochmann, Steven G. Hughes, Brian L. Nerrie, and Steven D. Rawles.  2005.  Nutrition, Economics, and Field Demonstrations of Sunshine Bass.   4th Natl. Small Farm Conf, Greensboro, NC

  • Nerrie, B. 2005.  Evaluation of the hybrid striped bass for fee fishing in Virginia. (abs), WAS – 2005 p. 559

  • Nerrie, B. 2004.  Limited –scale farmer partnerships in Virginia. (abs), WAS – 2004 p. 145

  • Nerrie, B. 2003.  Web Based Linkage: Producer - Grower Association – Buyer Aqua. Proc. Nat. Aqua. Ext. Conf., Tucson, AZ   pp.118-120.

  • Nerrie, B. 2004.  Seasonal niche markets cage culture in Virginia WAS p. 233

  • Nerrie, B. 2003.  Web Based Linkage: Producer - Grower Association – Buyer Aqua. Proc. Nat. Aqua. Ext. Conf., Tucson, AZ pp.118-120.

  • Nerrie, B. 2003.  Production challenges of pond culture in Virginia. (abs.), Aqua. 2003, WAS

  • Nerrie, B. 2002.  Seasonal niche markets cage culture in Virginia. In: Small-scale aquaculture. Proc.Spec. Session Aqua. Amer. 2002, WAS.  Assoc. 1890 Res. Dir., pp. 8-10.

  • Nerrie, B. 2002.  Review of barley straw for algae control. (abs.) JVAS.

  • Robertson, T. J. and B. Nerrie. 2002. Impact of feeding on dissolved oxygen concentration in rainbow trout cage culture. (abs.) JVAS.

  • Reid, A. and B.Nerrie. 2001. Teaching water quality: Virginia State University’s youth aquaculture program. (abs.)  JVAS.

  • Nerrie, B. 2001.  Pressure treated wood in aquaculture is safe.  VFFA News Apr-Sept. p. 8.

  • Nerrie, B., and A. Reid. 2001. Potential of greenhouse-based organic tilapia production in Virginia.  WAS p. 471

  • Reid, A. and B.  Nerrie. 2001. Incorporation of fish production into minority focused outdoors recreational business: a case study.  WAS p. 549.

  • Nerrie, B. 2000.  Isolated  limited scale aquaculture development. WAS p. 47

  • Nerrie, B., D. Prior and R. McLaughlin. 2000.  Adoption of freshwater shrimp farming in Virginia.  WAS p. 48

  • Nerrie, B.L. 1998. Filamentous algae control.  VL & W, Winter:3.

  • Nerrie, B.L. 1998. Recirculating aquaculture systems as teaching tool.  Proc. 2nd Int. Conf. Recirc. Aqua. pp:25-26.

  • Hollowell, R., B.L. Nerrie, and D.E. Prior. 1998. Freshwater Shrimp, Hybrid Striped Bass, and ChannelCatfish Monocultures vs. Their Polyculture Combinations: A Comparison of Total Lipids and Crude Protein in Fingerlings. (abs.) JVAS.

  • Prior, D.E., B.L. Nerrie, and R. Hollowell. 1998. Effects of Polyculture on Hybrid Striped Bass and Channel Catfish Fingerling Production.(abs.) JVAS. 49(2):56.

  • Nerrie, B.1997. What is a triploid grass carp.  Vir. Lakes & Waters. Summer, pp. 4-5.

  • Nerrie, B.1997.  Hybrid striped bass marketing in Virginia - case studies. (abs.) JVAS.

  • Nerrie, B.1997.  Virginia State University Extension aquaculture outreach to limited resource farmers.  (abs.) Aqua. Ext. Conf.,  MD.

  • Reid, A.O. and B.Nerrie. 1997.  Preliminary in vitro feed studies with Anguilla rostrata elvers. Proceedings: 11th Biennial ARD Res. Sym., San Antonio, TX.

  • Nerrie, B. 1996.  Practical emergency low dissolved oxygen solution.   Vir. Lakes & Waters. Fall, pp. 1-2.Nerrie, B. and A.O. Reid. 1995. Evaluation of the first five years of public supported hybrid striped bass farming development in Virginia: 1990-1994. (abs.) Aqua.'95, WAS

  • Nerrie, B. 1993.  Randolph farm aquaculture facility.  Vir. Lakes & Waters. Winter, pp. 3-4.

  • Nerrie, B. and A.O. Reid. 1992. A developing extension success story: pond aquaculture in Virginia. (abs.) 23rd Ann. Conf., WAS

  • Nerrie, B. and A.O. Reid. 1991. Youth aquaculture awareness program in Virginia (abs.) 22nd Ann. Conf. WAS, p. 47.

  • Nerrie, B. 1991. Status of fish feeding activity in Virginia. Mid-Atlan. Aqua. Conf., Nutrition Session, 6 June, Fredericksburg, VA

  • Nerrie, B., L.U. Hatch, C.R. Engle, and R.O. Smitherman. 1990. The economics of intensifying catfish production: A production function analysis.  JWAS 21:216-224.

  • Nerrie, B. 1990. Grow-out of hybrid striped bass in Virginia's farm ponds. PA & LM 8:4.

  • Nerrie, B. 1990. Hybrid striped bass “is there an alternative to catfish?”.  Midwest Reg. Cage Culture Workshop. Purdue Univ., CES-234

  • Nerrie, B.. 1989. Aquaculture initiative. Virginia State University Ext. Info. Leaflet No. 109. 2 pp.

  • Newton, S.H. and B.L. Nerrie. eds. 1989.  A workshop on the culture of hybrid striped bass. V.S.U., Petersburg, VA, 80 pp.

  • Nerrie, B. 1989.  Aquaculture, fishing and other income opportunities from aquatic systems. Proc. Income Opportunities Conf., W.V. Coop. Ext. Ser., Morgantown, WV pp. 137-146.

  • B. Nerrie. 1989. Information processing report and recommendations for the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Virginia State University, VA

  • Nerrie, B. 1988-present. Aquaculture information sheets, Coop. Ext. Ser., Vir. State Univ. Petersburg, VA

  • Nerrie, B. 1987. Input-output analysis of West-Central Alabama catfish production ponds.  Ph.D. Dissertation, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

  • Nerrie, B., ed. 1983-1987. ICA COMMUNICAE. Vol. 6-10, Auburn University, ALNerrie, B. 1985. Off-flavor in fish. ICA COMMUNICAE. 8(2):3. Auburn University, AL

  • Popma, T.J., F.E. Ross, B. Nerrie and J.R. Bowman. 1984. The development of commercial farming of tilapia in Jamaica 1979-1983. R-D Sea. No. 31. IA, Ala. Agric. Exp. Sta., Auburn Univ., ALNerrie, B. 1984. ICA computer network. ICA COMMUNICAE. 7(2):5, Auburn University, ALNerrie, B. 1981-1983. Jamaican fish farming tips. Nos. 1-28. Inland Fisheries Unit, Ministry of Agriculture, Jamaica

  • Nerrie, B. and R.O. Smitherman. 1979. Production of male Tilapia nilotica using pelleted chicken manure (abs.) World Aquaculture Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

  • Nerrie, B. 1976. Fisheries training design. U.S. Peace Corps/Philippines, Manila, Philippines

  • Rehwoldt, R.W., J. Menapace, B. Nerrie and D. Alexandros. 1972. The effects of increased temperature upon the acute toxicity of some heavy metal ions. Bull. Envir. Cont. and Tox. 8:91-96.

    Rehwoldt, R.W., G. Bida and B. Nerrie. 1971. Acute toxicity of copper, nickel and zinc ions to some Hudson River fish species.  Bull. Envir. Cont. and Tox. 6:445-448.

Professional Participation 

  • Southern Regional Aquaculture Center, Technical Committee 2001-2003
  • 2002 National Aquaculture Extension Meeting Planning Committee, SRAC Rep
  • Catfish Ag Database Steering Committee
  • USDA Aquaculture Information and Technology Transfer Task Force (AITT)
  • 1890 Landgrant Aquaculture Regional Research Working Group, Co-chair
  • Virginia Aquaculture Association
  • Virginia Fish Farmers Association, Board of Directors, 2000-2002
  • Virginia Academy of Science
  • Sigma Xi, Honorary Scientific Research Society
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture
  • Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass Producers' Association, 1988-2004; Editor, SBHSBPA Newsletter, 1990
  • World Aquaculture Society, 1988-present; Publication review panel
  • American Fisheries Society (AFS). 1979-87, 1989-95; Striped Bass Comm., 1989-present; Membership Comm. (Southern Div. Rep.), 1985-86; Fish Culture Sec. Membership Comm.,1981; Fisheries Economics Sec., 1983-85; Introduced Fish Sec., 1983-85; Bioengineering Sec., 1993-95; Continuing Education Comm.,1994 - 95
  • Virginia Fish Farmers Association/Virginia Aquaculture Association, 1988-present; Exec. Board, 1998-2000
  • Alabama Fisheries Society (AFA) 1983-88: Chairperson, Membership   and Communication Comm.(MCC), 1984; MCC,1985; Program Comm., 1984; Steering Comm., 1984-88; Originator, Editor and    Publisher, AFA Newsletter, 1984-85; Chairperson, Inland Waters  Session, AFA Annual Meeting, 1985; Audio-Visual Coordinator, AFA  Annual Meeting, 1984
  • Southern Division AFS, 1979-87; Chair, Membership Comm.,  1985-86; Executive Comm., 1985-86
  • Auburn University Student Chapter AFS, 1979-88; President, 1984-85,  Established Permanent Student Research Fund from Private Donations; Member, Student-Faculty Committees
  • Dutchess County (N.Y.) Environmental Association, 1971-72; Member, Ad Hoc Organization Committee, 1971

Extracurricular activities include

  • Colonial Heights Wetland Committee
  • Treasurer, Sherwood Hills Homeowners Association
  • President elect, Colonial Heights Kiwanis Club 
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