2020 Maryland Shellfish Aquaculture Conference

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8:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m.
Webinar

The Maryland Shellfish Growers Network is pleased to host the 2020 Maryland Shellfish Aquaculture Conference. Join us to learn the latest about the shellfish aquaculture industry from scientists, managers, and industry leaders.  This year's conference is going virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This event is free to attend but registration is required.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM

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8:30 a.m. Welcome & Webinar Logistics Overview
8:40 a.m. Opening Remarks
Don Webster, University of Maryland Extension
8:45 a.m. Keynote Address
Paul Zajicek, President, National Aquaculture Association
9:15 a.m. Marketing & Branding for Industry Diversification
Moderator: Matt Parker, UMD Extension
10:15 a.m. New Horizons: Tech & Innovation in Aquaculture
Moderator: Shannon Hood, UMD Extension
11:15 a.m. Lunch break (30 minutes)
11:45 a.m. Nutrient Credit Trading: Challenges & Opportunities
Moderator: Jeff Cornwell, UMCES
12:45 p.m. Aquaculture Finance: Securing Capital & Protecting Investments
Moderator: Scott Knoche, Director, MSU PEARL Lab
1:50 p.m. Closing Remarks
Danielle Blacklock, Director, NOAA Office of Aquaculture
2:00 p.m. Adjourn

Conference agenda is subject to change.

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Marketing & Branding for Industry Diversification
Moderator: Matt Parker, UMD Extension

So you’ve got oysters to sell—now what? Marketing and branding are key to success in the aquaculture industry. Growers and experts share their tips and experience to maximize sales and profit.

New Horizons: Tech & Innovation in Aquaculture
Moderator: Shannon Hood, UMD Extension

Growers and experts explore ways in which new and emerging technologies can increase production, streamline farm management, and improve efficiency for higher profits.

Nutrient Credit Trading: Challenges & Opportunities
Moderator: Jeff Cornwell, UMCES

Nutrient credit trading has been touted as a gamechanger for the oyster aquaculture industry, but how does it actually work? Growers and experts weigh in on how to take advantage of this growing opportunity and discuss challenges to implementation.

Aquaculture Finance: Securing Capital & Protecting Your Investments
Moderator: Scott Knoche, Director, MSU PEARL Lab

From startup to expansion to maintenance and operations, money makes the oyster farm run. Growers and economists review options for finding capital, maximizing profits, and protecting your investments for long-term financial sustainability.

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