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Dr. Tom Losordo is Managing Partner at Losordo & Associates LLC. While partially retired, Dr. Losordo continues to provide engineering and design advice and assistance to the public and private sectors in Aquaculture, Aquaponics and Aquatic Life Support systems technologies. He retired as Principal Scientist and Chief Engineer for Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems in June 2017.  During his five-year tenure at Pentair, Dr. Losordo provided leadership in global aquaculture development for Pentair and worked with a team of engineers and biologists in the design of cost effective and environmentally sustainable production systems for the global aquaculture community. Prior to joining Pentair, Dr. Losordo was a Professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University serving as faculty for 24 years until his retirement in April 2012.  Dr. Losordo has a B.S. in Biology (Bates College) and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering (University of Hawaii, Manoa; University of California, Davis).  Dr. Losordo has been active in R & D in Aquaculture for over 40 years beginning his career as a Research Technician at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in 1974.  Dr. Losordo has served as the President of the World Aquaculture Society and the President of the Aquaculture Engineering Society. Tom will provide a brief description of recent developments in aquaculture as an industry and highlight a few areas that he believes hold promise for implementation in North Carolina and the United States.


Craig Tucker went to college at Humboldt State University and Auburn University. After graduation, he worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts doing research on growing aquatic plants and algae for biofuels. He joined Mississippi State University in 1980 and served as professor and director of Mississippi State University’s aquaculture research program before retiring in 2012. He then joined the USDA/ARS Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit in Stoneville, Mississippi, to continue his work on developing new catfish production systems and managing the environmental impacts of aquaculture. He has written nine books, 30 book chapters, and hundreds of scientific articles on various aspects of fish culture.




Lou’s research has primarily focused on the development of environmentally and economically sustainable management practices for aquaculture with emphasis in nutrition, feed development and feeding practices.  Many of his contributions to aquaculture enterprise are founded in efficiency-based modifications of production practices for the farming of red swamp crayfish (deep water without planted forage), the freshwater prawn (low input semi-intensive culture), hybrid striped bass (two-phase growout), and the channel catfish (modular systems).  He has evaluated effective alternatives to the use of fishmeal and fish oil in aquafeeds, investigated the potential of different additives to feeds to increase digestive efficiency and disease resistance, and developed successful formulated diets as replacements for live food for culture of larval crustaceans and fish. In North Carolina, his chosen state of retirement, he has developed and soon plans to test a formulated bait for use in the blue crab fishery and is planning and applying strategies to increase government support of aquaculture research and development in the United States. Lou retired from Mississippi State University in 2013 as a Giles Distinguished Professor of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture after 29.5 years of service.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been bestowed with the honor of Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society and received the Distinguished Life-Time Achievement Award from the United States Aquaculture Society. Lou has served as President of the World Aquaculture Society and the National Shellfisheries Association and is recipient of 43 independent awards and honors for teaching, research, and service. He is author or co-author of 177 publications which include 88 journal articles and four books and an array of technical reports. He has served a combined 62 years as an Associate Editor/Editorial Board member for 6 journals and Editor for 1 magazine and 1 book series and currently serves as Section Editor of the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society.


Ganesh Kumar – Assistant Professor Mississippi State University, National Warm Water Aquaculture Center Stoneville, MS. Ganesh received his first MS degree from Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, India and later a second MS degree and PhD from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He started his aquaculture career in the Indian Shrimp industry by working as Marketing Executive for CP feeds and Cargill feeds. Ever since his arrival in the U.S., he has been involved in researches pertaining to the U.S. catfish industry. His expertise is in the field of aquaculture economics and farm management. Ganesh is a current member of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) and is the Treasurer and Secretary for the International Association of Aquaculture Economics and Management.

Bradley Todd

Bradley Todd - Aquaponics Farm Manager Bradley Todd joined the team at Lucky Clays Farm in 2010 and began managing Lucky Clays Fresh in 2013. Todd was raised in Aquadale, North Carolina and spent five years in the Marine Corps. After completing service, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology and Earth Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While overseas in the military, Todd began his research in the fundamentals, engineering, and science of aquaculture and hydroponics, which ultimately lead him to learn about the process of combining the two into an efficient and sustainable farming system. Todd intends to incorporate bio-floc technology, Vermiculture, and mycology into an all-encompassing production flow with Lucky Clays Fresh’s established Aquaponics system.

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