2017 Program

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Friday, November 17, 2017

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Bivalve Shellfish Breakout

Practical advice geared towards oyster farmers in the first several years of production and those looking to make the jump from part-time to full-time. Moderator: Karen Hudson, VIMS

Permitting Panel – Permitting & Dealer Requirements
Andrew Button, VMRC; Danielle Schools, VDH/DSS  
Schools_Becoming a Certified Dealer

VMRC handout 2017

Grower Panel – Small-scale Oyster Farm Operation Discussions with Representatives from the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and the Eastern Shore.
Jennifer Palazzo, Morattico Creek Oyster Co.; Tommy Leggett, Chessie Seafood and Aquafarms; Chris Buck, Ruby Salts Oyster Co.

3:30 pm –5:00 pm General Session

Partnering With Passive Private Investors to Increase Your Production 
Justin Ritter, McCallum & Kudravetz, P.C.
Ritter_Partnering with Passive Private Investors  handout: defined terms

Engage Virginia’s Economic Engine: Tourism, Trails, and Marketing  
Sherri Smith, Artisans Center of Virginia and Virginia Oyster Trail; Staci Martin, Virginia Tourism Corporation
Smith_Engage Virginia’s Economic Engine
Martin_Engage Virginia’s Economic Engine

Saturday, November 18, 2017

8:45 am – 10:00 am General Session

Keynote Address – The Story of Fisheries and Aquaculture as the Next Chapter
Barton Seaver, chef and internationally recognized leader in sustainable seafood initiatives

Check out his new book:  American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery from Sea to Shining Sea   http://bartonseaver.com/books/american-seafood

10:30 am – 12:15 pm Bivalve Shellfish Breakout

Moderator: Richard Snyder, VIMS

Alternative Shellfish  
Rick Karney, Director Emeritus of Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group
Karney_Alternate Species for Aquaculture

Shedding Light on the Legal Side of Aquaculture
Justin Guthrie, Willcox & Savage, P.C.
Guthrie_Shedding Light on the Legal Side of Aquaculture

10:30 am – 12:15 pm Finfish/Prawn Breakout

Aquaculture Round Table (Producers and Associations) Moderator: Brian Nerrie

Research and Extension Updates:
• VT-Blacksburg – David Kuhn
• VT-VSAREC – Michael Schwarz
• VSU – Brian Nerrie, David Crosby, Chris Mullins
Open Forum: Questions/discussion

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Bivalve Shellfish Breakout

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) – A Regional Perspective and What it Means for Virginia
Moderator: Juliette Smith, VIMS
Lisa Campbell, Texas A&M (Gulf); Raphael Kudela, UCSC (Pacific Northwest); Todd Egerton, VDH/Shellfish Sanitation (Chesapeake Bay)
Smith_Harmful Algal Bloom intro
Campbell_Succesful Early Warning for Harmful Algae in the Gulf of Mexico  
Egerton_Harmful Algae in Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore Coastal Bays

Continuing the Discussion on Triploid Oyster Mortality
Moderator: Ryan Carnegie, VIMS
• Controlled field tests to identify the UN-usual suspects of triploid mortality. Joey
Matt, VIMS
• Triploid fecundity: Is it Dad’s fault? Kate Ritter, VIMS
• Why are you growing triploids? Stan Allen, VIMS
Carnegie_Triploid Oyster Mortality Introduction
Matt_Controlled Field Tests to Identify the UN-usual Suspects
Ritter_Triploid Fecundity- Is it Dad’s Fault
Allen_Why are you growing triploids

News You Can Use – Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) Update
Mike Oesterling, Shellfish Growers of Virginia
Oesterling_ISSC Update

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Finfish/Prawn Breakout

Regulations From Producer Prospective
Jonathan van Senten, VT-VSAREC

Small Scale Farming: Economics and Marketing
Carole Engle, VT-VSAREC

Emerging Sectors: Ornamentals/High-Value Species
Steve Urick, VT-VSAREC

Emerging Sectors: Value-Added Feeds
David Kuhn, VT

Aquaponics and FSMA
Laura Strawn, VT-ESAREC

Aquaponics Economics
Jonathan van Senten, VT-VSAREC

Aquaponics Hands-On Program
Chris Mullins; Brian Nerrie; and David Crosby, VSU

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