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Duane D. Stone (Sr) is currently the sole proprietor of the Cedar Creek Fish Farm just outside of Fayetteville, NC. In conjunction with his wife, Phyllis, of 41 years and son, Duane Junior, the farm has been in operation since April 2002. The farm produces, processes and markets catfish and tilapia as well as being a licensed sea food market. The farm concentrates on niche marketing by providing a live fish market and fee fishing. Customers can catch their own fish or select the fish from the live tanks and have them dressed while they wait.
Duane Stone retired from the US Army after 28 plus years of service, the last 24 years were with Special Forces which included Spanish language training and numerous tours in Central and South America. The language skills and advisory training and experience have been applied to the marketing and operation of the farm. Duane Stone worked as a government contractor in Iraq from Oct 2006 thru Nov 2010, during which time his son managed the farm. The last three years in Iraq was as project manager for aquaculture and feed production for a USAID Program.
Sally Eason runs Sunburst Trout Farms, a western NC business that has been in her family since 1948 starting with her father, a pioneer in Aquaculture in the U.S. She is a board member of Carolina Mountain Trout, the largest trout grower in NC; Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, a critical component to the success of many farmers in WNC; Haywood Advancement Foundation; Women In Business; and a charter board member of Oldtown Bank. Sunburst Trout Farms' target market is the high-end chef and the retailer. They currently supply about 400 chefs across the country. They also supply Earthfare stores, several Ingles stores, some Fresh Markets, Lowes', and numerous specialty gourmet markets.
Dr. Wade Watanabe received his B.S. in Zoology from Oregon State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Zoology from the University of Hawaii. He is currently a Research Professor with the Center for Marine Science at UNCW where he is Coordinator for the center's Aquaculture Program for research, education and outreach. He also serves as Program Leader in Mariculture for MARBIONC (Marine Biotechnology in NC), a public/private business incubator. Dr. Watanabe has conducted research on aquaculture in Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean as well as in the U.S. and with a variety of freshwater and marine species including freshwater prawns, carp, tilapias, mullet, milkfish, grouper, red drum, flatfish, snapper, black sea bass and red porgy.
Dr. Watanabe's expertise is in the areas of controlled breeding, larval culture, and intensive growout of various cultured finfish species. His current research at UNCW focuses on marine finfish aquaculture, including research on hatchery technology, intensive recirculating aquaculture system design and operation, nutrient recycling through multi-trophic integrated aquaculture, economics and marketing of aquaculture production, and outreach to commercial users through pilot-scale demonstration. Dr. Watanabe served as a founding board member of the American Tilapia Association and is currently Associate Editor for the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society and The Scientific World Journal, and Publications Chair of the U.S. Aquaculture Society. He is also a member of the Aquaculture Program Advisory Board for Brunswick Community College and the Science Advisory Board for the Seafood Watch Program of Monterey Bay Aquarium, California.
Chuck Anderson is Director of retail and marketing for Sousa Seafood in Boston. He works with large retail and food service buyers across the US. Chuck worked 19 years for Ahold USA including his role as Vice President of Seafood for Ahold USA, responsible for sourcing and merchandising seafood for over 1000 retail seafood departments in the eastern US. In 2009, Chuck served as the Chair of the Multi-Stakeholder sustainable Seafood Summit. He has been an avid supporter and promoter of aquaculture for over 20 years. Chuck will present his unique perspective and ideas on the future of aquaculture and retail seafood.
Dr. Craig Tucker received his undergraduate degree from California State University, Humboldt, and his PhD in microbiology from Auburn University. He conducted postgraduate research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute before joining Mississippi State University in 1980 as the first scientist hired in the University's aquaculture research program. Until 2012 he was a research professor, director of the Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center, and director of the USDA/NIFA Southern Regional Aquaculture Center. In 2012 he retired from the University and was appointed to the USDA Senior Science and Technology Service. He is currently the Research Leader for the USDA/ARS Catfish Genetics Research Unit in Stoneville, Mississippi. Dr. Tucker conducts research in aquaculture pond ecology and he has written eight books, 24 book chapters, and hundreds of other publications on various aspects of aquaculture.