About the Conference



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A Growing Conference for Virginia's Growing Aquaculture Industry

The biennial Virginia Aquaculture Conference is hosted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Marine Advisory Program (MAP) and Virginia Sea Grant. The conference provides an opportunity for the aquaculture industry to learn about current and upcoming issues, and explore new developments in aquaculture technology. Attendees receive tremendous value from the ability to network with other growers as well as researchers, agency staff, and aquaculture suppliers.

The conference program features two concurrent sessions—bivalve shellfish and finfish/aquaponics/hydroponics—to better serve growers in Virginia’s bivalve shellfish, marine and freshwater finfish, and freshwater prawn industries. 


The event Steering Committee is a team of academic, government, and industry partners. 

  • Tony Banks, Farm Bureau Federation
  • Ursula Deitch, VDACS
  • Brendan Delbos, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
  • Karen Hudson, VIMS [Chair]
  • Chris Mullins, Virginia State University
  • Mike Oesterling, Shellfish Growers of Virginia
  • Michael Schwarz, VT Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Photo Gallery: 2019 Virginia Aquaculture Conference

Past Conferences

Click on the links below to see the programs and presentations from past Virginia Aquaculture Conferences:

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