The Virginia Aquaculture Conference agenda is developed by a committee of industry, academic, and partner agencies with efforts to focus on the most timely issues for the culture industries. The latest conference agenda is posted below.

FRIDAY, November 17

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Bivalve Shellfish BreakoutOyster Farming 101
Practical advice geared towards oyster farmers in the first several years of production.

Regulation Roundtable – demystifying permitting & dealer certification
Grower Roundtable

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm   Networking & Trade Show

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm   General Session

Becoming the Big Fish: Financing Options to Increase Production, Justin A. Ritter, McCallum & Kudravetz, P.C.


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm    Concurrent Trade Association Meetings

Shellfish Growers of Virginia
Aqua-Farmers Network (VAN)

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm    Gala Aquaculture Reception

SATURDAY, November 18

7:30 am – 8:30 am    Breakfast (provided)

8:30 am – 10:00 am    General Session


Keynote address by chef and internationally recognized leader in sustainable seafood initiatives, Barton Seaver


10:00 am – 10:30 am    Networking & Trade Show

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Bivalve Session Breakout

Alternative Shellfish -with guest speaker, Rick Karney, shellfish biologist & director emeritus of Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group. Check out the March edition of “Weekends with Yankee” (a WGBH Boston and Yankee Magazine partnership) featuring Rick and Bay scallops

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

Finfish/Prawn Session Breakout

Aquaculture Round Table (Producers and Associations)

Research and Extension Updates:

  • VT-Blacksburg – David Kuhn
  • VT-VSAREC-Michael Schwarz
  • VSU-Brian Nerrie, David Crosby, Chris Mullins

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm    Lunch (provided) & Trade Show

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Bivalve Shellfish Breakout

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs): Perspectives from other Regions and What it Means for Virginia, Lisa Campbell from the Gulf ; Raphael Kudela from the Pacific Northwest); and Todd Edgerton, Virginia Department of Health Division of Shellfish Sanitation.  Moderated by Juliette Smith, VIMS

Continuing the conversation on “triploid oyster mortality”, VIMS Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center

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

Finfish/Prawn Session Breakout

Regulations from Producer Prospectives, Jonathan van Senten

Small Scale Production: Economics and Marketing, Carole Engle

Emerging Sectors:

  • Ornamentals/high-value species, Steve Urick
  • Value-added Feeds, David Kuhn

Aquaponics and FSMA, Laura Strawn

Aquaponics Economics, Jonathan van Senten

Aquaponics Hands-on Program
Chris Mullins, Brian Nerrie and David Crosby (VSU)