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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