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NMC CREES to host free 2-day aquaculture workshop

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - The Northern Marianas College Cooperative Research Extension and Education Service (CREES) is sponsoring a free workshop on 10 and 11 July to explore business opportunities that take advantage of the CNMIs water resources.

The two-day "Opportunities in Aquaculture" workshop aims to introduce various economic opportunities that have not been tapped or fully developed in the CNMI.

Topics will include global shrimp farming opportunities, aquaculture biosecurity, artificial propagation of marine finfish, culturing coral reef species, import and export requirements, tips on the permitting process, tips on writing a business pla! n for an aquaculture venture, securing venture financing, and more.

Sponsored through a grant from the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, which is one of five regional aquaculture centers in the United States established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the workshop will also feature renowned field experts and scientists.

These include Dr. Shaun Moss, the director of the shrimp program at the Oceanic Institute; Dr. Hui Gong, aquaculture development specialist from the University of Guam; Clyde Tamaru, aquaculture specialist from the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant College Program; Clete Otoshi and Dustin Moss, shrimp program research associates at the Oceanic Institute. Several local experts and representatives from local regulatory agencies will deliver presentations.