The conference attended by professionals, researchers, fish growers and anyone interested in learning more about aquaculture will feature industry experts who will address everything from how North Carolina aquaculture benefits consumers to innovative production methods and access to government resources.
It will begin with a pre-conference tour on Feb. 7 of area fish farms and the North Carolina State University’s Pamlico Aquaculture Research Station followed by the two-day conference at the New Bern Riverfront-DoubleTree by Hilton, 100 Middle Street, New Bern, N.C. Details about the conference can be found at www.ncaquaculture.org.
Aquaculture is among the fastest-growing sectors of North Carolina agriculture,” says Marc Turano, Ph.D., Sea Grant extension specialist and co-chairman of this year’s conference planning committee. “Our state produces 14 marine and freshwater species of farm-raised seafood, also making it one of the most diverse segments of agriculture in our state.” rse segments of agriculture in our state.”
The conference’s theme, Fish: Made in the USA, emphasizes the role aquaculture plays in our state’s food production and economy. Turano says while most consumers want to buy locally raised seafood, the U.S. imports 86 percent of its fish from other countries.
Fish grown in North Carolina are of higher quality than imported fish and generate $50 million annually to our state’s economy.
Keynote speaker Chuck Anderson is the director of retail and marketing for Sousa Seafood, a Boston-based supplier of ocean seafood to New England. As an avid supporter and promoter of aquaculture for more than 20 years, he’ll discuss the public’s demand for seafood and how fish growers are supplementing that demand.
Registration and event details are available at www.ncaquaculture.org.
Contact Cathy_Smith@ncsu.edu or call 919-515-6780 for questions about the conference.
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Keynote speaker Chuck Anderson, a Boston supplier of ocean seafood, will discuss how farm-raised fish helps meet consumer demand during the North Carolina Aquaculture Development Conference, Feb. 7 – 9, 2013, in New Bern.
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