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Carole R. Engle, PhD
Carole Engle is an Aquaculture Economist with more than 30 years experience in the analysis of economics and marketing issues related to aquaculture businesses. She has worked in 19 different countries on all major continents. She has published over 100 scientific articles, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society and the Journal of Applied Aquaculture and is the Editor-in-Chief of Aquaculture Economics and Management. She is a past-President of the U.S. Aquaculture Society and the International Association of Aquaculture Economics and Management. Honors include receiving the McCraren Award from the National Aquaculture Association (received this award twice), Researcher of the Year from the Catfish Farmers of America, Distinguished Service Award from the Catfish Farmers of Arkansas and the Catfish Farmers of America, and the Harvey McGeorge Award of Distinguished Contributions to Agriculture.
Engle holds a B.A. degree in Biology/Rural Development from Friends World College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Auburn University where she specialized in aquaculture economics. Engle currently directs the Aquaculture/Fisheries Center and chairs the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She continues her research and extension efforts in the economics and marketing of aquaculture with particular emphasis on identifying farm management strategies that enhance efficiency and profitability. Current research initiatives include analysis of triggers of technology adoption in aquaculture industries, economics of alternative aquaculture production systems, and measurement of the economic effects of increased regulatory burden and constraints on U.S. aquaculture.
For the past five years Debbie has been an influential figure in North Carolina's booming local foods sector, serving on the statewide Local Sustainable Foods Advisory Council. She is a member of the NC Aquaculture Development Conference Board, the NC Catch Board and advises more than a dozen additional specialty crops organizations within North Carolina agriculture. Debbie thrives on connecting diverse groups to focus on being proactive. She is equally comfortable communicating with multinational executives and a single-employee producer selling direct at small farmers markets. Her authentic style and genuine interest engenders trust across broad groups of people. Debbie joined North Carolina Farm Bureau in November 2004 as Director of Specialty Crops where she monitors a wide range of behind the scenes issues on behalf of specialty crops producers and provides analysis and interpretation of trends and policy. Prior to joining NCFB she spent nearly 20 years with Ball Publishing, West Chicago, IL serving as Editorial Director, Publisher and founder of FloraCulture International magazine among other roles. She resides in Raleigh with her husband Ed Gaines.
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.
Ms. Karen Hudson is the Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture Specialist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Karen provides a singularly focused point of contact for industry, communities and agencies whose actions directly or indirectly impact the conduct and expansion of shellfish aquaculture in Virginia. She is actively involved in fostering the development of applied research projects to address complex shellfish culture problems as well as facilitating the development of new techniques in shellfish culture. Karen provides advice and assistance for both commercial and non-commercial molluscan shellfish growers.
Anthony Marchetti is Director of Operations at Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC. He was born and raised in Richmond, VA and holds a history degree (2004) from University of Virginia. Anthony joined Rappahannock River Oysters as Director of Operations in 2008. Rappahanock River Oysters, LLC has an average weekly sales of 100,000 oysters, with over 4 million oysters sold annually. Vertical integration has led to the opening of three restaurants: Merroir in Topping, VA; Rappahanock Oyster Bar in Union Market in DC; and Rappahanock Restaurant in Richmond, VA. Anthony is also a United States Coast Guard licensed captain, and his hobbies include fly fishing, boating and sailing.