The United States Aquaculture Society’s highest honor is the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement award. The recipient of this award for 2016 is Dr. Rick Barrows. This Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions and broad impacts throughout his/her career to aquaculture in the United States through research, education, extension and industry development.
Rick has 32 years of research experience including 26 years in federal government service. He is recognized both nationally and internationally as an expert on fish nutrition, feed manufacturing, alternative feed ingredients, and general fish production. His research has resulted in 115 peer-reviewed publications, 10 book chapters, and numerous invited presentations.
He has developed methods of fish production, feed production, ingredient modification, and new research approaches. He was the first to develop methods for successfully rearing larval walleye and he developed and patented a feed manufacturing method and used unconventional strategies to generate feeds for species that did not thrive on traditional feeds. More recently, his research has focused on identification or development of alternative ingredients to fishmeal. His innovations have had practical value, as exemplified by the creation of two new companies producing fish feed ingredients based on his research results.