David J. Cline

Associate Extension Professor

School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences

(334) 844-2874 



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EW Shell Fisheries Center
Rm 132 North Auburn Aquatic Resource Center
Admin Building
2101 N College St
Auburn Univ, AL 36849



  • 1986 – Colgate University (BA)
  • 1991 – Auburn University (M.Aq)
  • 2011 – Auburn University (Ph.D.)


  • 1994 – Present Extension Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
  • 2017 – Present, Associate Extension Professor, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences


  • 2022- United States Aquaculture Society Distinguished Service Award. For contributions and broad impacts to the U.S. aquaculture industry through significant and enduring leadership in research, education, Extension and industry development of aquaculture.
  • 2020 Elected to the board of directors of the World Aquaculture Society
  • 2019 Auburn University Spirit of Sustainability Award – Aquaponics Group Initiative
  • 2019 Invited to serve on the board of Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education
  • 2017 Elected President of the United States Aquaculture Society
  • 2016 AU – Aquaculture and Fisheries Business Institute Award for Promotion of US Farm-raised Catfish
  • 2015 U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award (Bronze)
  • 2014 Elected Vice President of the United States Aquaculture Society
  • 2014 Selected Technical Program Committee Chair for the 2015 World Aquaculture Society Meeting


  • World Aquaculture Society (1993 – present)
    Board Member (2017-18, 2020-23)
    Awards Committee (2017-18)
  • United States Aquaculture Society (1993 to present)
    Past President (2018-19)
    President (2017-18)
    President Elect (2016-17)
    Vice President (2014-16)
    Board Member (2012-14)
    Program Committee Co-chair 2015 meeting
    Chair of (ad hoc) Education Committee (2012-2020)
    USAS (awards committee, Social networking committee)
    Election Committee (2018-2020)
    Webinar Committee Chair
    Promotion and Membership Committee
    Student abstract, presentation and poster judge (2005-2020)
  • USDA National Aquaculture Extension Steering Committee (2008-20)
  • National Aquaculture Extension Conference Steering Committee (2004, 2021)
  • Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education
    (2019-21 Board Member)
  • National Inst of Animal Agriculture, Safe and Sustainable Seafood committee 2017
  • Founder of National Aquaculture Educators Network (220 members)
  • Southern Region Aquaculture Center
    Technical committee 1998-2001
    Publications committee 2009-2017)
  • Alabama Fisheries Association
    President 2008-09
    Treasurer 2002-06
    Scholarship committee 2013
    Steering committee 2002-2011
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi – Extension Professional Organization (2017-19)
  • Alabama Extension Specialists Association (2005-06)
  • National Association of County Agricultural Agents (1995-98, 00-05)
  • Alabama Association of County Agricultural Agents (95-98, 00-05)
  • Aquaculture Engineering Society (2005)


Specialty Areas: Catfish aquaculture, caged fish production, recreational pond management, small-scale marketing, aquatic plant management, aquaculture (other species) freshwater shrimp, crawfish, koi and aquatic plants.

Program Areas:
Aquatic Resources

Geographic Area of Responsibility:

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  • Chappell, J., Arana, E., Cline, D., EnHua, Z., Hanson, T., Kemp, S., Manomaitis, L. (2022) In-Pond Raceway Manual. United States Soybean Export Council.



  • Cline, D. (2021) Constructing a Miniature Tabletop Aquaponics System. Alabama Cooperative Extension System. ANR-2711.
  • Waters, P., Wright, R. and Cline, D. (2020). Photo Submission Guide for Aquatic Plant Identification. Alabama Cooperative Extension System ANR-2658. (20%)
  • Ullman, C., Rhodes, M., Hanson, T. Cline, D. and Davis, A. (2017) A New Paradigm for Managing Shrimp Feeding. World Aquaculture, June, pp 30-34. (15%)
  • Cline, D. and Adams, J. (2011) America’s Amazing Catfish Farmers, Coloring Book. (60%)
  • **Cline, D. (2005) Constructing a simple and inexpensive recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) for classroom use. Southern Regional Aquaculture Center Fact Sheet 4501.
  • Cline, D. (1995) Marketing Options for Small Aquaculture Producers, ANR 962, Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
  • Michael, M. & Cline, D. (1995). Caged Fish Production in Alabama, ANR 957, Alabama Cooperative Extension System. (50%)
  • Stone, N. and Cline, D. (1994) Small Scale Catfish Production: Cleaning Catfish, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. (50%)
  • Cline, D. & Killian, S. (1994). Farm Pond Management for Recreational Fishing, MP 360, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. (75%)
  • Cline, D. & Phifer, I. (1994). Farm Raised Catfish, Imagine the Possibilities, Recipes Fact Sheet, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. (75%)



  • Cline, D. (2021) USAS Aquaculture education webinar series adds value and extends reach. World Aquaculture Society Magazine 52(1): 12-13.
  • Walton, W., Cline, D., Wynne, F., McIntosh, D., Parker, M. & Straus, D. (2018) Aquaculture America 2018 by the numbers and results of the USAS member survey. World Aquaculture Magazine 49(2): 5-7.
  • Cline, D. (2018) USAS Presidents Column, World Aquaculture Magazine. (March) p 5.
  • Cline, D. (2017) USAS Presidents Column, World Aquaculture Magazine. (December) p 5.
  • Cline, D. (2017) USAS Presidents Column, World Aquaculture Magazine. (September) p 6.
  • Cline, D. (2017) USAS Presidents Column, World Aquaculture Magazine. (June) p 6.
  • Hu, B., Cline, D. Davis, D.A., Wang Y., Liu, S. (2017) Global Aquaculture Advocate. November/ December 2017.
  • Cline, D. (2011). Photo-based color evaluation can enhance catfish fillet quality, Global Aquaculture Advocate. July/August 2011.
  • Cline, D. (2005) Marketing options for small aquaculture producers. Aquaculture Magazine, 31(2), pp 24-32.
  • Cline, D. (2005). Niche marketing for small aquaculture producers. Global Aquaculture Advocate: The Global Magazine for Farmed Seafood, 8(2), pp 24-26.
  • Cline, D. (2005). Marketing options for small aquaculture producers. American Tilapia Association Newsletter, Spring.
  • Cline, D (2005). Aquatic Science Programs in Alabama. United States Aquaculture Association Newsletter.
  • Cline, D. (2000). Something Fishy in Alabama High Schools. Aquaculture Magazine. 26(6), pp 11-15.
  • Cline, D. (1996). Prepare for Fishing: Winter is a Good Time to Work Farm Ponds. Southeast Farm Press, February. p 7.
  • Cline, D. (1995). Winter is the Best Time to Complete Pond Renovations. Cattle Today, December, p 13.
  • Cline, D. (1995). Time to Stock Catfish Ponds. Alabama Farmer’s and Consumer’s Bulletin, October, p 1.
  • Cline, D. (1995). August is Catfish Month. The Delmarva (New Jersey) Farmer. August, p 21.
  • Cline, D. (1995). Get in the Swim of Catfish Month. Alabama Farmer, August, p. 12
  • Cline, D. (1995). National Catfish Month. Neighbors Magazine, August, p 23.
  • Cline, D. (1995). Alabama’s Small Ponds are Ideal for Catfish. AFC Farming News, April, p 9.
  • Cline, D. (1994). Alabama Cage Growers Looking to New Markets. The Catfish Journal, October, p 7.
  • Cline, D. (1994). Two Southern States Encouraging Small Fish Operations: Over 100 ‘Bama Producers Growing Catfish in Cages. Water Farming Journal, May/June p 16.
  • Cline, D. (1994). Groundwater Conservation Using the “6/3” Management System, Arkansas Aquafarming, 11(2) pp 6-7.
  • Cline, D. (1994). Aquaculture Education Extension: Technology Transfer Through Catfish Yield Verification Trials, Arkansas Aquafarming, 11(3).
  • Cline, D. (1993). Lack of Medicines Pushes Fish Disease to the Crisis Level. Texarkana Gazette, December, p 2.


David is an aquaculture specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and an associate Extension professor in Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences. He specializes in aquaculture education, freshwater fish production, and pond management. He has been actively involved in both the commercial and educational sectors of aquaculture for over 30 years and has a broad perspective of the issues and opportunities facing the aquaculture industry. David has been a member of the World Aquaculture Society and the US chapter since 1993 and has served in numerous leadership roles.

As a catfish farm manager in central Missouri, he practiced all aspects of fish production from business planning to hatchery operations through marketing directly to chefs. David has participated in many multi-state projects and served on the USDA national aquaculture extension steering committee for more than 10 years. More globally, he has visited aquaculture facilities in ten countries learning and providing input. His topical aquaculture YouTube channel and videos on other platforms have received over one million views reaching more than 100 countries.


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