Professional Aquaculture Services Blog

For Sale: Northern California Warmwater Aquaculture Facility

Friday, November 18, 2016 @ 11:21:00 AM - 0 comments
A fully operational, fully staffed, turnkey warmwater fish farm in northern California is for sale for $2,296,000.00. The farm contains 18 ponds, which are supplied by on-site wells. All required permits for operation of the farm are in place. View additional details below and submit your contact information if interested.

Tony Vaught to Address Freshwater Aquaculture at the Joint Subcommittee on Fisheries and Aquaculture Hearing

Friday, September 30, 2016 @ 2:36:00 PM - 0 comments
Tony Vaught to Address Freshwater Aquaculture at the Joint Subcommittee on Fisheries and Aquaculture Hearing

Introduction to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 3:01:00 PM - 0 comments
Below is an introduction to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of California provided by the California Aquaculture Association (CAA). As this may affect pond and lake owners throughout California, we ask that you review this information thoroughly and contact us with any questions.

Video: Tony Vaught of Professional Aquaculture Services Speaks at Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, Feb 11, 2016

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 - 0 comments
View the video of Tony Vaught of Professional Aquaculture Services speaking at the 43rd annual Zeke Grader Fisheries Forum held on February 11, 2016.

How do I protect my pond and fish during large rain events?

Wednesday, November 04, 2015 @ 11:47:00 AM - 0 comments
Time to prepare and plan for a wet winter. El Nino is good news for fish!

Bass, bluegill, redears, and mosquito fish added to newly designed pond

Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 8:10:00 AM - 0 comments
Here's a look at a beautiful, newly designed and developed pond that we stocked recently.

Catfish Added to Pond to Supply Nutrients to Rice Field

Thursday, June 11, 2015 @ 12:03:00 PM - 0 comments
We just stocked a pond with 70,000 2" to 4" catfish that will, in turn, supply nutrients to the rice field below. It's amazing what adding fish to a system like this can do for the rice!

Sterling Caviar Tour

Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ 2:26:00 PM - 0 comments
Tony Vaught of Professional Aquaculture Services was invited to attend a meeting of fish farmers, legislators, agency staff, and other interested in the future of aquaculture in the state of California. It was well organized and informative. More of these gatherings are planned for the future.

Benefits of a Feeding Ring for Fish in a Lake

Monday, May 18, 2015 @ 2:53:00 PM - 0 comments
Watch this short video clip from one of our recent pond stockings to see the benefits of installing a feeding ring in a lake.

Benefits of Mosquitofish and Bluegill

Monday, May 18, 2015 @ 2:19:00 PM - 0 comments
Watch the short video clip from one of our recent pond stockings to see the benefits of stocking mosquito fish and bluegill.

Will Your Pond Survive the Drought?

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 @ 6:26:00 PM - 0 comments
Let our experienced staff help you insure your pond or lake survives the drought. Protect your investment!

Let us evaluate your pond. Be water-wise, reduce maintenance, and protect valuable fish from low water conditions.

Ag Alert: Court ruling upends fish-stocking regulations

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ 11:02:00 AM - 0 comments
California aquaculture producers say they are pleased with a court decision that struck down proposed new regulations from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife on fish stocking activities in California's public and private waters...

Aquaculture America 2015 in New Orleans

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 @ 4:48:00 PM - 0 comments
This year I am unable to attend the Aquaculture America conference in New Orleans. I have attended many in the past and will miss seeing all of my friends and wonderful colleagues...

California fishermen land court ruling

Friday, February 13, 2015 @ 11:19:00 AM - 0 comments
In monumental decision, California 3rd District Court of Appeals rules for fish farmers, stocking

Consulting: The Marketplace

Thursday, January 29, 2015 @ 2:42:00 PM - 0 comments
Our business development staff advises on marketing strategies, specializing in high value, niche markets. We are best known for our diversity and creativity, which is crucial in today's business climate...

Our Growing Consulting Experience

Friday, January 23, 2015 @ 4:01:00 PM - 0 comments
We have several new projects for 2015 on the drawing board! Agriculture grows local food and fiber. Call us if you want of be part of our growing team!

Welcome in 2015 with a look back and a look forward

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 @ 1:03:00 PM - 0 comments
A look back at 2014... and looking forward to 2015.

Now We're Talkin'!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014 @ 12:58:00 PM - 0 comments
These storms this week will help the small lakes and ponds in #California to begin to recover from the drought.

Foothill Pond Stocking

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 @ 10:33:00 AM - 0 comments
We stocked forage fish into this foothill pond today. Cooler temperatures allow them to evade predator fish. When spring comes they are ready to spawn.

Winter Pond Tasks: Aeration and Algae Control

Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 12:22:00 PM - 0 comments
Most golf course superintendents have a hard time with ponds in summer. They are glad to move into the cooler months...

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Aquaculture Development Committee

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 @ 1:58:00 PM - 0 comments
On November 6th, Co-Chair, Tony Vaught, attended the meeting of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Aquaculture Development Committee.

Drought Talk: Being Water Wise

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 @ 2:01:00 PM - 0 comments
Many foothill and valley ponds have suffered though another long dry summer. We are hearing drought every day on the news and with conversations with our friends and colleagues. As we move into fall and winter, now is the time to pay attention to how we maintain a healthy pond and protect our fish. Here are 8 tips for a healthy pond and to insure the survival of your fish...

Aquaculture Europe Update: Tony's Return

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 2:37:00 PM - 0 comments
Tony Vaught of Professional Aquaculture Services returned from Aquaculture Europe with up to date information on technical, marketing and regulatory direction of aquaculture in Europe and world wide.

Aquaculture Europe Update

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 11:18:00 AM - 0 comments
Long day at the Conference in San Sebastian Spain. Species diversification, emerging new species, feed additives, value added products, increasing production to meet demand to name a few topics.

A site evaluation by ProAqua on new projects

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 11:57:00 AM - 0 comments
A site evaluation by ProAqua on new projects as well as established fish farms includes an onsite visit and report.

ProAqua Inc. President, Tony Vaught to Present at Aquaculture Europe in San Sebastian Spain

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 5:57:00 PM - 0 comments
Join us at Aquaculture Europe in San Sebastian Spain!!!
Tony Vaught, President and founder of ProAqua Inc., will be speaking on the topic of Assessment of Established Aquaculture Facilities.

Stocked fish in a beautiful residential lake in Nevada on Friday

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 5:51:00 PM - 0 comments
Stocked fish in a beautiful residential lake in Nevada on Friday

Pond vs. Algae

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 @ 11:15:00 AM - 0 comments
This pond has a little bit too much bloom (algae). One can flush it out with some fresh water. I like to be able to see my hand when my arm is it the water up to my elbow...

Another great batch of our special northern strain large mouth bass stocked

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 1:56:00 PM - 0 comments
Another great batch of our special northern strain large mouth bass stocked in a central California reservoir this week.

105 degrees in central California

Saturday, July 26, 2014 @ 10:51:00 AM - 0 comments
105 degrees in central California. I am advising a golf course on how to best utilize their ponds. This one is perfect to stock trophy bass for the members to reel in.

Professional Aquaculture Services set up the rice/fish tank at the California State Fair

Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 5:02:00 PM - 0 comments
Professional Aquaculture Services set up the rice/fish tank at the California State Fair.

We dropped by the California State Fair California Aquaculture Association Exhibit for orientation of volunteers

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 @ 10:24:00 AM - 0 comments
We dropped by the California State Fair California Aquaculture Association Exhibit for orientation of volunteers. The Fair opens Friday!

We stocked another beautiful Napa valley pond this week

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 0 comments
We stocked another beautiful Napa valley pond this week. This one was refurbished. A liner was used to reduce seepage and aeration was installed to keep the fish healthy and active. After a water quality check, bass and bluegill were stocked. Catfish will be added in a month to complete the summer program. All that's left is fishing and fun!

Palm Springs Golf Course Off To a Good Start

Thursday, June 26, 2014 @ 12:58:00 PM - 0 comments
We got a new golf course near Palm Springs off to a good start. Stocking their lakes with bluegill and bass.

Video: Part V: Striped Bass DFG and Marketing - What we were up to then to get to where we are today

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 0 comments
Part V: Striped Bass DFG and Marketing - What we were up to then to get to where we are today. Circa 1986 - Source: Farm Bureau Voice of Agriculture

Video: Part IV: Fish in Raceway - What we were up to then to get to where we are today

Thursday, June 05, 2014 - 0 comments
Part IV: Fish in Raceway - What we were up to then to get to where we are today. Circa 1986 - Source: Farm Bureau Voice of Agriculture

Video: Part III: Water Use and Info - What we were up to then to get to where we are today

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 0 comments
Part III: Water Use and Info - What we were up to then to get to where we are today. Circa 1986 - Source: Farm Bureau Voice of Agriculture

Mountain Valley Living: Water Wise Fish Talk

Thursday, May 22, 2014 @ 4:54:00 PM - 0 comments
Read owner, Tony Vaught's article, "Water Wise Fish Talk", in the latest edition of Mountain Valley Living.

Video: Part II: System - What we were up to then to get to where we are today

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 0 comments
Part II: System - What we were up to then to get to where we are today. Circa 1986 - Source: Farm Bureau Voice of Agriculture

Video: Part I: Intro - What we were up to then to get to where we are today

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 0 comments
Part I: Intro - What we were up to then to get to where we are today. Circa 1986 - Source: Farm Bureau Voice of Agriculture

Salmon at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 10:54:00 AM - 0 comments
Doing some work with Salmon at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery (www.fws.gov/coleman).

Striped Bass in California and Ocean Cages in Mexico

Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 1:29:00 PM - 0 comments
We just hatched several million striped bass from the ProAqua strain here in California. This domesticated strain was developed in Chico, California from wild fish originally captured form the Sacramento River by ProAqua Owner, Tony Vaught. Several generations have been produced since 1987 to preform well in warm fresh and salt water. Crops of these fish are growing in fresh water farms in California and ocean cages in Mexico.

Today we stocked bluegill into an oasis in the desert of California

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 10:16:00 AM - 0 comments
Today we stocked bluegill into an oasis in the desert of California - A beautiful residential Lake. These fish will spawn soon, providing lots of bluegill for the kids to catch in the future!

Stocking another pond for a Napa Valley client. Perfect paring fresh fish and wine.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 @ 12:25:00 PM - 0 comments
Stocking another pond for a Napa Valley client. Perfect paring fresh fish and wine.

At a market in the San Francisco Bay Area

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 0 comments
I was at a market in the San Francisco Bay Area yesterday. Remember when you couldn't afford steak you would just buy fish instead?

Just stocked a pond in Carmel valley

Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 3:32:00 PM - 0 comments
Just stocked a pond in Carmel valley. The owners' grandchildren are visiting tomorrow and they wanted to be ready for fun!

American River Hatchery in Rancho Cordova

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 0 comments
I dropped by the American River Hatchery in Rancho Cordova. We discussed fish husbandry as it relates to newly hatched fish. Their new hatchery housed rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout.

I brought some live fish to the The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito

Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 11:33:00 AM - 0 comments
I brought some live fish to the The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito for a seal pup that was not eating. She liked our fish and got the nutrients to get stronger and survive!

Another trophy catfish gets released

Thursday, March 20, 2014 @ 11:28:00 AM - 0 comments
Another trophy catfish gets released

Attending the California Farm Bureau Federation Leadership Meeting

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 10:53:00 AM - 0 comments
Great line up of speakers today. Attending the California Farm Bureau Federation Leadership Meeting. Drought, power use as it relates to food production.

Just finished the springs stocking for another front yard.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 @ 12:38:00 PM - 0 comments
Just finished the springs stocking for another front yard. Beautiful residential pond that needed some bluegill prior to spawning season. These fish will spawn providing forage for the robust bass population

Chelan Fish Hatchery

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 - 0 comments
Just finished touring the Chelan Fish Hatchery in Eastern Washington, the new salmon rearing facility that is state of the art using circular rearing tanks, auto feeding, sophisticated monitoring systems, and a water treatment system. They also have a sturgeon program, rearing sturgeon to release in the Columbia River. Very impressive and it reminds me of my early days on the lower Columbia using wild fish as broodstock!

Aquaculture Advisor Tony Vaught Presents Conway Ranch Plan

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 9:15:00 AM - 0 comments
The Mono County Board of Supervisors discussed two aspects of the Conway Ranch Property at their regular Board meeting held in Mammoth on Tuesday.

PAS President, Tony Vaught to Speak at Tucson Aquaponics Conference

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 0 comments
PAS President, Tony Vaught will be speaking at the aquaponics conference in Tucson, AZ on the topic of the "interface of aquaculture and aquaponics".

Harbor District to Acquire Former Pulp Mill Site

Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 10:58:00 AM - 0 comments
Press Release: The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District (the District) board has agreed to acquire of the former Samoa pulp mill site in Humboldt Bay.

AQUAPONICS A Growing Trend in Urban Food Production Part one of a three part series by Tony S. Vaught

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 9:00:00 AM - 0 comments
Curious about aquaponics? You're not alone! Check out a recent article by ProAqua owner, Tony Vaught in Mountain Valley Living...

Setting the Trend: Golf Clubs Utilizing an Untapped Resource

Sunday, June 09, 2013 @ 8:41:00 AM - 0 comments
Events such as Father's Day fishing derbies are catching on across the nation as Golf Clubs continue to combine golf with other family activities. These events are generally a huge success and are a wonderful way to bring the family together for a day of fun in the sun...

Vaught Speaks at the 40th Annual Fisheries Forum

Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 1:15:00 PM - 0 comments
Tony Vaught of Professional Aquaculture Services and President of California Aquaculture Association, recently presented at the 40th Annual Fisheries Forum in Sacramento, California alongside other prominent industry members.

PAS President, Tony Vaught to Present at Aquaculture 2013 in Nashville on February 25, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013 @ 11:00:00 AM - Written by Michael Lee - 0 comments
PAS President, Tony Vaught to Present at Aquaculture 2013 in Nashville on February 25, 2013

Domestic Stiped Bass in Mexico

Thursday, October 25, 2012 @ 12:06:00 PM - Written by Tony Vaught - 0 comments
The striped bass raised in Net pens in Mexico, were hatched by Professional Aquaculture and raised by Freshwater Fish Farms

Free Consultaion

Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 1:54:00 PM - Written by Tony Vaught - 0 comments
Get free info from our staff.

Experience Counts

Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 1:49:00 PM - Written by Tony Vaught - 0 comments
There is no substitute for experience

Aquaculture Growth

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 3:42:00 PM - 0 comments
Aquaculture is growing fast due to increased demand for local grown fish.

Come visit CAA's Aquaculture Day and "Fish Experience" at the 2011 California State Fair!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 11:56:00 AM - 0 comments
CAA and the aquaculture industry will be well represented again this year at the California State Fair...

Aquaculture Site Evaluation

Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 4:47:00 PM - 0 comments
I am out of the office tomorrow to conduct an aquaculture site evaluation. The aquaculture site evaluation can be either on new projects or an established fish farm. This service includes an onsite visit as well as a preliminary report on the fitness of the site for aquaculture...