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Evolution and direction focus for Virginia conference

US - Anyone involved or considering a business in aquaculture wants to get to the Virginia Aquaculture Conference on 16 and 17 November, say organisers. The event promises a unique opportunity to get the latest information about current issues, upcoming trends and new developments in culture technology for both shellfish and finfish.

Arranged and sponsored by a number of groups that span the aquaculture sector, the focus will be on the evolution and direction of US aquaculture and the development and opportunities for farmed seafood products in the retail sector.

Gary Jensen, USDA national program leader for aquaculture, and Dick Jones, director of seafood for HEB Grocery Company, are the events keynote speakers

Plenary sessions will feature presentations on funding/financing opportunities for aquaculture and the regulatory aspects of both fresh and salt water aquaculture. Several concurrent sessions will address the expanding freshwater culture industry with reports on catfish, hybrid striped bass, freshwater prawns and aquaponic production.

Additional presentations will highlight niche marketing and the newly established Virginia Aqua farmers Network (VAN).

There will also be sessions dedicated to off-shore and saltwater culture including national and state regulatory issues, options for post-harvest treatment of cultured shellfish and the development of best management practices for shellfish aquaculture.

The conference will take place at the George Washington Inn and Conference Center, Williamsburg. Registration for all events, including the Gala Aquaculture Reception, is $50, prior to 19 October 2007 and $75 after that date.

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