Maryland Shellfish Aquaculture Conference

The 2019 Maryland Shellfish Aquaculture Conference provided a day of information sharing, networking, and discussion on the most pressing topics affecting Maryland's shellfish aquaculture industry. Industry experts, scientists, and managers discussed recent regulatory developments, opportunities to grow production and marketing of Maryland oysters, and growers' vision for the future of the industry.

We thank the panelists, moderators, and attendees for making this a successful day. See below for downloadable PDFs of conference presentations.

Presented by the Maryland Shellfish Growers Network


 8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
Continental breakfast provided during registration
 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks  PDF
 9:00 a.m. Regulatory Developments
 10:00 a.m. Break (refreshments provided)
 10:30 a.m. Marketing and Market Preferences
 11:30 a.m. Lunch (provided with full registration)
 1:00 p.m. Hatchery Lines and Capacity
 2:00 p.m. Advancing Aquaculture through Partnerships
 2:45 p.m. Break (refreshments provided)
 3:15 p.m. Producers Panel: What have we learned and what’s next?
 4:15 p.m. Concluding Remarks and Q&A
 4:30 p.m. Adjourn


 Regulatory Developments
Robert Rheault, East Coast Shellfish Growers Association Presentation
Kim Coulbourne, Maryland Department of Health 
Karl Roscher, Maryland Department of Natural Resources 
Greg Sandi, Maryland Department of the Environment  Presentation

Regulations and policies that govern the aquaculture industry at the state and federal level are constantly changing. Panelists will provide the latest updates on regulatory developments relevant to shellfish aquaculture that all growers should know.

 Marketing and Market Preferences
Dylan Salmon, Dylan's Oyster Cellar

A successful and profitable business relies on knowing your customer. Whether selling to distributor or marketing directly to chefs and restaurants, preferences are constantly evolving. Hear the latest on trends in market preferences and the latest research on producing a custom oyster for any market.

 Hatchery Lines and Capacity
Dr. Stan Allen, Virginia Institute of Marine Science  Presentation
Mike Congrove, Oyster Seed Holdings  Presentation
Jordan Shockley, Blue Oyster Environmental  Presentation

The sustained success and continued growth of Maryland’s aquaculture industry is closely tied to the availability of high-quality, hatchery-reared larvae. As the industry grows, demands on existing hatchery capacity will increase. Where are there opportunities to enhance hatchery capacity and improve the quality of hatchery products to serve Maryland’s aquaculture industry?

 Advancing Aquaculture through Partnerships

More and more, outside organizations are recognizing the value of the shellfish aquaculture industry to broader ecological, economic, and societal goals. Where do the objectives of the industry coincide with the missions of external groups and where are the synergies for partnerships that advance the aquaculture industry?

 Producers’ Panel: A Vision for the Future of Maryland Aquaculture

Reflecting on the past 10 years since the overhaul of Maryland’s aquaculture laws, what lessons have we learned and where is the industry headed next? What are the impediments to the continued growth and success of the industry? Where are there opportunities to be seized? Industry panelists discuss important next steps for Maryland aquaculture.

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