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Virginia Aquaculture Conference

Calendar   Virginia Oyster Trail
Location Newport News Marriott Town Center, 740 Town Center Dr, Newport News, VA 23606, USA
Date Friday, November 15, 2019 (all day)
Duration   2 days
Cost General Registration is only $100 and covers two days of breakout sessions, trade show admission, meals, and a ticket to the Friday evening aquaculture reception.
Description

The biennial Virginia Aquaculture Conference is hosted by the Marine Advisory Program (MAP) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. The conference provides an opportunity for the aquaculture industry to learn about current and upcoming issues, explore new developments in culture technology, and network with other growers as well as researchers, agency staff and aquaculture suppliers. The aquaculture industry in Virginia is made up of bivalve shellfish, marine and freshwater finfish, and freshwater prawn industries. The conference program features two concurrent sessions – bivalve shellfish and finfish/prawn.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2019

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
TRADE SHOW OPENING
(refreshments provided)

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Bivalve Shellfish
Grower Panel – How to be a More Responsible Shellfish Farmer
Panel of shellfish growers relating key elements from the industry’s best management practice document.

Finfish
Aquaculture Round Table with Producers and Associations Research and Extension Updates
Representatives from the research and production communities will discuss recent activities and program updates

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
NETWORKING AND TRADE SHOW BREAK
(refreshments provided)

3:00 pm- 4:00 pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Bivalve Shellfish
Rapid Fire Student Research – Part 1
Graduate student research supported by Virginia Sea Grant. The presentations will be short and targeted to what’s most relevant for shellfish growers. Moderated by Virginia Sea Grant.
Finfish
Getting Your Aqua-Business Started
(Stephen Versen, VDACS)

  • Do larval conditions in the hatchery impact field performance of juvenile oysters? (Annie Schatz)
  • Using genetics to track and improve hard clam stocks (Ann Ropp)
  • Does environmental stress tolerance vary across hard clam populations?(Anthony Himes)
  • Forecasting water quality using modeling – what does it mean for the industry? (Fei Da)
  • Trends in private oyster lease use and productivity (Jennifer Beckensteiner)

Local Producer Presentations

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
PRODUCER MEETINGS
Shellfish Growers of Virginia (SGV)
Virginia Aqua-farmers Network (VAN)

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
AQUACULTURE RECEPTION
(refreshments provided)
HOT BREAKFAST
(provided)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019

7:30 am – 8:30 am

8:00 am – 8:30 am
VIRGINIA OYSTER TRAIL STATE OF THE UNION
(Sherri Smith, Virginia Oyster Trail)

8:30 am- 10:00 am
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Bivalve Shellfish
Industry Expansion Panel
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) along with the Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) at William & Mary have been assessing opportunities and limitations to the expansion of oyster aquaculture in Virginia through an examination of policy, regulation, and monitoring data. This session will review study findings to date associated with topics such as current and future productivity of public Baylor Ground, shallow water use conflicts, and the state’s private leasing program and discuss possible mechanisms for moving the industry forward in the future. This session hopes to give participants the opportunity to weigh in on the topic and be part of the process throughout the conference.

Rapid Fire Student Research – Part 2
Graduate student research supported by Virginia Sea Grant. The presentations will be short and targeted to what’s most relevant for shellfish growers. Moderated by Virginia Sea Grant.
Finfish
Emerging Species and Technologies
(Chris Tollini, UMBC-IMET)

  • Can oyster grow out strategies help defend against harmful algal blooms? (Clara Robison)
  • Distribution of harmful algae and associated algal toxins in Chesapeake Bay (Michelle Onofrio)
  • When oyster larvae meet HABs (Sarah Pease)

Lessons from the Trenches
(Chris Bentley, VIMS)

10:00 am – 10:30 am
NETWORKING AND TRADE SHOW BREAK
(refreshments provided)

10:30 am- 12:30 pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Bivalve Shellfish
News from the Genetics Front
Moderated by Stan Allen, VIMS ABC
Triploids are the preferred commercial product in Virginia, yet commercial triploids have been dying inexplicably in recent years in episodes coined “triploid mortality”, which has eroded the benefits of the triploid advantage. Using insight from the first rounds of experiments with industry in 2014 and 2015, the session will focus on the ongoing next step in the investigation – estimating the genetic basis of triploid mortality. The study involves a field comparison of triploid families and aims to address the potential for breeding for triploids that are less susceptible to triploid mortality.
The present success of the industry is reaching a saturation point in Virginia, as available habitat is constrained by suitable water and sediment conditions, and the commercially cultured broodstock lines are restricted by lack of tolerance to lower salinities and higher temperatures. This work would establish new brood stock lines from wild populations within the natural range which are characterized for genetic diversity, physiological tolerances to temperature and salinity, and growth characteristics. The central goal is to provide and maintain well-characterized breeding stock for industry and to start a selective breeding program at VIMS.

  • Further Investigations into Triploid Mortality (Joey Matt, VIMS ABC)
  • Improving Triploid Oysters (Stan Allen, VIMS ABC)
  • Efforts to Improve Hard Clam Genetics for Better Performance (Richard Snyder, Jan McDowell, Emily Rivest)

Updates on Shellfish Health
Moderated by Ryan Carnegie, VIMS
A broad regional collaboration representing industry, regulation, and the scientific community continues to work to remove impediments to interstate shellfish transfers, which will produce benefits for both the aquaculture economy as well as the biosecurity of the industry. We will highlight the current state of this effort.
Finfish
Aquaponics Session
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
LUNCH
(provided)
Trade Show Bingo Prize Drawing 1

  • Regional Disease Management Matters (Ryan Carnegie, VIMS)
  • Hatchery Health – Collaborative Efforts Supporting Hatchery Production (Emily Rivest, VIMS)
  • Proactive Efforts to Gauge the Potential Threat of Herpes-Type Virus to C. virginica (Kimberly Reece, VIMS)
  • Food Safety (Reza Ovissipour, VSAREC)
  • Aquaponics Association Presentation
  • Hands-on Aquaponics Demonstration (Chris Mullins, VSU)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
GENERAL SESSION
Positive Aquaculture PR Panel Discussion

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
NETWORKING AND TRADE SHOW WRAP-UP
Trade Show Bingo Prize Drawing 2

Additional Info Link http://www.vaaquacultureconference.com/
Map
Event Email khudson@vims.edu
Event Phone 804-684-7742
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