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Aquaculture Development Conference in New Bern Set for Feb. 7-9


Cathy Smith, 919/515-6780,
Marc Turano, 919/513-0122,

Posted Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

The 2013 North Carolina Aquaculture Development Conference will be held from Feb. 7 to 9 at the DoubleTree in New Bern. North Carolina Sea Grant is among the organizers.

The conference brings together current growers, researchers, agencies and vendors, as well as prospective aquaculturists and investors. It offers a comprehensive view of the aquaculture industry across the state.

North Carolina’s aquaculture industry is more diverse than most other places, says Marc Turano, who is Sea Grant mariculture and blue crab specialist and conference co-chair.

North Carolina farmers grow trout, catfish, hybrid striped bass, black sea bass, flounder, shrimp, crawfish, ornamental fish, blue crabs, clams and oysters.

The conference begins with self-guided tours of nearby aquaculture operations on Thursday, Feb. 7. Tour sites include Carolina Classics Catfish, Inc., in Ayden; Castle Hayne Fisheries in Aurora; and North Carolina State University’s Pamlico Aquaculture Research Station in Aurora.

Presentations on Friday and Saturday cover topics including research and technology, marketing and economics, and emerging opportunities to raise marine species. In addition, vendors will display the latest equipment throughout the conference.

Keynote speaker, Chuck Anderson, director of new business and retail for Boston-based Sousa Seafood, will address marketing aquaculture as a sustainable growth industry.

The busy Friday agenda culminates with the popular Aquafoods Festival. On the menu are common aquaculture species, including clams and oysters, trout, and striped bass.

Visit for additional information and to register. On-site registration may be available at the conference. For agenda questions, contact Cathy Smith at or 919/515-6780. For trade show details, contact Pete Anderson at or 252/633-1477.


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