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University to host aquaculture field day

by the Fish Site Editor
06 June 2007, at 1:00am

WISCONSIN - The University of Wisconsin's Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (NADF) is sponsoring an aquaculture field day and vendors fair on Thursday, June 14 in Bayfield.

Organised by the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) the event will be held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association and Wisconsin Aquaculture Industry Advisory Council.

The aquaculture field day will include two workshops, one dedicated to ongoing research projects at NADF and the other on biosecurity and fish health. The biosecurity workshop has taken on added significance due to the recent detection of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) in the Great Lakes region.

Invited speakers from across the United States include Myron Kebus, Wisconsin State Fish veterinarian; Lori Gustafson, US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Fort Collins, Colo.; Michele Walsh, staff veterinarian with Micro Technologies, Richmond, Maine; Robert Smith, owner of Clayton Veterinary Care in Clayton; Gretchen Gerber, of Country Care Pet Hospital in Washburn; Greg Fischer, facility manager for NADF; and Dave Gollon, president of Gollon Bait and Fish Farm in Dodgeville.

The morning sessions will include an overview of “Aquaculture Biosecurity and How to Protect Your Farm, the afternoon sessions will include a fish health assessment demonstration, hands-on review of NADF projects and hands-on biosecurity demonstrations using hauling trucks, equipment and gear.

A number of aquaculture trade stands will also be on site with displays and information on their equipment and services.

Sponsors for this two-day event include UWSP, the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, UW- Madison Aquaculture Program, UW Extension and the Red Cliff Tribal Hatchery.

The registration for the all day workshop is $55 which includes lunch and field day materials. There wil also be an optional boat cruise of the Apostle Islands in the evening.

To register contact Cindy Johnson, Wisconsin Aquaculture Association Tel.(715) 779-3081 or e-mail Cindy@WisconsinAquaculture.com.

For further details visit http://wisconsinaquaculture.com

click here for a registration form and programme

the Fish Site Editor