North Carolina Aquaculture Development Conference

















Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 8:30am-5:00pm
Optional Aquaponics short-course sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems

A workshop registration discount is available for attending both the conference and the short-course.
Click this link to view the course description and fee information.


Thursday, February 26, 2015
Two Farm Tours

Tour #1: Aquaculture Farm Tour - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Tour #2: Mariculture Farm Tour - 10:00am - 3:00pm - CANCELLED

Aquaculture Farm Tour:
9am-10am - Freshwater Session & Intro Classes, Lawson Room, Doubletree by Hilton, New Bern
10-10:30 - Open Questions
10:30-12:30pm - Travel and lunch on your own
12:30-1:30pm - Circle G Farm - RAS - Pikeville, NC
2-3pm - American Prawn Cooperative - Processing - Walstonburg, NC
4-5pm - White Rock Fish Farm - Marketing - Vanceboro, NC

Mariculture Farm Tour: (Cancelled due to the weather)
10:00am - Mariculture Session & Intro Class - UNCW Center for Marine Science, Wilmington, NC
10:15-11:00am - Oyster Farming - Jay Styron
11-12:00pm - Shellfish Research Hatchery - UNCW Center for Marine Science
12-1pm - Travel and lunch on your own
1-1:30pm - Seaview Crab Company, Wilmington, NC
1:30-2pm - Travel to Finfish Facility
2-3pm - Finfish Facility Tour - UNCW, Wrightsville Beach, NC

Friday, February 27, 2015

Click here for a printable version of the Agenda.

7:30 Registration and Trade Show Opens

Introduction & Welcome


Welcome - Michael Twiddy, NC SBTDC and Aquaculture Conference Chairman


North Carolina Aquaculture Association Update
Randy Gray, NCAA President and Pete Anderson, NCDA&CS

Aquatic Animal Health Update and Aquaculture Health Certification
Scott Squires, USDA APHIS

9:30 North Carolina Aquaculture Overview - NCDA&CS, NCSU and NC Sea Grant Aquaculture Representatives
10:15 Break/Visit Trade Show
10:45 State Aquaculture Research Update
Harry Daniels, NCSU and Wade Watanabe, UNCW
11:30 Break/Visit Trade Show
12:00pm Lunch and Keynote
  Keynote: From Ignorance to Success: A Thirty Year Journey Through the Pitfalls of Aquaculture
Mike Freeze, Keo Fish Farm & National Aquaculture Association President
1:30 Break/Visit Trade Show
2:00 Opportunities for Local Marketing
Barry Nash, NC Sea Grant and Gary Bullen, NCSU
Ryan Speckman and Lin Peterson, Locals Seafood
3:00 Fishmeal and Fish oil Replacements in Aquaculture Feeds
Peter Ferket, NCSU
3:30 Advancing Southern Oyster Mariculture
Bill Walton, Auburn University

Presentations End - Break/Visit Tradeshow
Please submit your survey for ‘Aqua-food Early Entry’ raffle drawing!

NC Aquaculture Industry and Trade Show Mixer
NC Wineries, Breweries & Specialty Products Sampling

NC Aquaculture Association Silent Auction

6:25 Aqua-food Early Entrance for raffle winners
6:30 Aqua-Food Festival

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
Concurrent Workshops

I. Freshwater Aquaculture
9:00-9:15 License/ Permitting & Business Planning Review
Pete Anderson, NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services
9:15-9:30 Site Requirements Review and Resources
Steve Gabel, NC State University Cooperative Extension

Species and Markets Review and Resources
Mike Frinsko, NC State University Cooperative Extension

9:45-10:00 Break/Visit Trade Show

Freshwater Open Session: Panel format

Mike Freeze, Owner, Keo Fish Farm, Little Rock, AR

Garry Bullen, Extension Associate - Farm Management Agricultural & Resource Economics, NCSU

Barry Nash, Sea Grant Seafood Technology and Marketing Specialist, CMAST

Mike Frinsko, NC State University Cooperative Extension

Steve Gabel, NC State University Cooperative Extension

Pete Anderson, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

John Aydlett, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

II. Marine and Shellfish Aquaculture
9:00-12:00 Mariculture Concurrent Session
10:00-12:00 NC Shellfish Growers Association Meeting
12:00 pm Adjourn

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