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 California Aquaculture website is among many of the
websites located on the
University of California,
Davis Campus. U.C. Davis is one among the ten U.C.
campuses located throughout the state, and is one of the
three U.C. campuses that are part of the Land Grant
System. The United States Land Grant System is an
organization of universities that operate through state
funds, but have some financial ties to the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. Among other social
responsibilities, they have an agriculture mission to
teach, do research and extend that information to both
rural and urban communities.
Land Grant network within the University of California
includes Experiment Station researchers, Cooperative
Extension Specialists and Cooperative Extension
Advisors. Advisors are located at County Cooperative Extension offices
throughout the state. The University of California is
also a Sea Grant institution. Sea Grant
specialist and advisors work more exclusively on marine
resource issues, and are primarily located in the
coastal counties of the state.
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.
montage of photographs will be a collection of
aquaculture scenes from California, the nation and
international sites. Some of the pictures will have no relation to
aquaculture, but represent the community of students and
other University personnel. Others will be international
fish and shellfish culturists, and a diversity of people
who just grace the presentation. Our logo of the
University of California appears in the left margin of
Thank you for giving us your time to get to know who we
are and where we are located.
University of California Davis