NC's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says that this is the time of year when many ag groups hold annual meeting and conferences, and while many of these events focus on traditional commodities such as corn, soybeans and cattle, the NC Aquaculture Conference coming up in New Bern focuses on a different kind of farming; fish.
The theme this year is "Fish: Made in the USA", and the conference will focus on the role of local, farm-raised fish in the American diet. Keynote speaker is Chuck Anderson of Sousa Seafood, a Boston company that supplies ocean seafood to New England.
Commissioner Troxler says that NC has a vibrant aquaculture industry with farmers growing trout, catfish, hybrid striped bass, prawn, crawfish, clams and even oysters.
For more information on the NC Aquaculture Development Conference, go to www.ncaquaculture.org .
“This is just a different kind of farming and we are going to talk about farming fish. The 2013 NC Aquaculture Development Conference will be Feb 7-9 at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in New Bern.
The theme this year is ‘Fish made in the USA’. The conference will focus on the role of local farm raised fish in the American Diet. The keynote is Chuck Anderson of Sousa Seafood, a Boston company that supplies ocean seafood to New England. Anderson has been an avid supporter of Aquaculture for more than 20 years. He will discuss the public’s demand for seafood and how fish growers are helping to meet that demand.
Our other speakers have a distinct NC flavor. They include Sally Eason who is CEO of Sunburst Trout Farms in Canton and Dwayne Stone who owns Cedar Creek Fish Farms in Fayetteville. It’s a combination of aquaculture and conservation specialists.
Aquaculture isn’t just shrimp. A lot of people in NC would be surprised to know that we have a very vibrant aquaculture industry. WE have farms growing trout, catfish, bass, prawn, crawfish, clams and oysters. Our department provides planning, regulatory and market assistance to our NC aquaculture producers.”