Fred S. Conte, Ph.D.
Aquaculture Specialist, Lecturer
Department of Animal Science
University of California
Davis, CA 95616-8521
About This Web Site
day, my name is Fred Conte, and welcome to the
California Aquaculture web site. Aquaculture is aquatic
farming of plants and animals, and has been our subject
since the site went on line in the early 1990s. The
website is connected to the computer network of the
Department of Animal Science and is located on the
campus of the University of California, Davis. It is
designed to provide information to Californians, but has
regional, national, and international audiences.
About the People
It is good to put names on the people operating
California Aquaculture and the organizations associated
with the web site; especially as you have chosen to give
us your time.
California Aquaculture is maintained by the Dr. Fred
Conte, Extension Aquaculture Specialist and Lecturer,
and Dr. Abbas Ahmadi, Software Engineer and senior
programmer in the Department of Animal Science at the
University of California, Davis.
part of the Cooperative Extension faculty of the Department, with
teaching and research responsibilities. My primary responsibilities is to
develop and conduct programs that benefit my clientele
group, which include aquaculture producers, State and
Federal agencies impacting aquaculture, and the general
public. My work includes both marine and freshwater
aquaculture. My teaching includes lectures and workshops
in aquaculture technology, public policy, aquaculture
regulations, and social issues including environmental
impacts and animal welfare.
research focus is shellfish sanitation, sanitation
modeling and software development. My essential
colleague is Dr. Ahmadi who works with departmental faculty to create animal
production-related software programs, performs
programming and statistical services to the Department,
builds our websites and keeps the faculty current in the
digital world. He has been my co-author on numerous
computer-related publications and presentations, and
designed and built the software that operates the
various search and sort functions on California
Aquaculture’s publication section.
The “Water Carrier” art appearing on our
primary page is the artwork of Sheila Waters, and
highlights the graphics used in the California
Aquaculture web site and our Aquarius software.
Waters is a renowned artist, whose works in calligraphy,
design and art education have international recognition.
Special thanks are extended to Ms. Waters for permission
to use the Aquarius design on our website and software, and we
encourage you to click on "The Water Carrier" to visit
her web site.
Thank you for giving us your time to get to know who we
are and where we are located.
Fred S. Conte
University of California Davis
F.S. and A. Ahmadi. 2014. Application of the Pearl
model to analyze fecal coliform data from conditionally
approved shellfish harvest areas in seven Texas bays.
Journal of Environmental Health. 77(2): 22-29.
Murata, K., F.S. Conte, E.
McInnis, T.H. Fong and G.N. Cheer. 2014. Identification
of the origin and localization of chorion (egg envelope)
proteins in an ancient fish, the White Sturgeon,
Acipenser transmontanus. Biology of Reproduction
90(6) 132, 1-12.
Conte, F.S. and A. Ahmadi. 2013. Pearl: A new model for
evaluating and managing shellfish growing water
closures. J. of American Society of Agricultural and
Biological Engineering, Applied Engineering in
Agriculture. 29(3): 351-359.
Conte, F.S. and A. Ahmadi. 2012. Evaluation of Fecal
Coliform Samples Collected from Oakland Bay, Washington
Using a New Model for Estimating the Ninetieth
Percentile Criteria for Evaluating Shellfish Growing
Water. Journal of Water Resources Planning and
Management, 75(3): 16-22.
Falahatkar, B., A.S. Amlashi and F. Conte. 2012. Effect
of dietary vitamin E on cortisol and glucose response to
handling stress in juvenile beluga sturgeon Huso huso
L. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. 24(1): 11-16.
F.S. and A. Ahmadi. 2011. A computerized model for
evaluating new rainfall closure rules for conditionally
approved shellfish growing areas. Transactions of the
American Society of Agricultural and Biological
Engineers, 54(3): 909-914. 2011.
Y., S. Doroshov, T. Famula, F. Conte, D. Kueltz, J.
Linares-Casenave, J. Van Eenennaam, P. Struffenegger, K.
Beer, K. Murata. 2011. Egg quality and plasma
testosterone (T) and estradiol-17β (E2) in white
sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) farmed for caviar. J.
Applied Ichthyology, 27(2): 558-564.