Interactive virtual event for all audiences, with local farm tours, live interviews and Q&A sessions.
The second annual Sea Grant Great Lakes Aquaculture Days will be August 31st-September 2nd. This year the event is moving from a single day event to three days of fun filled aquaculture learning opportunities! The virtual event will showcase the region’s fish and seafood production through virtual farm tours, live farmer interviews and Q&A sessions.
The event is free, open to the public and registration is required. Each farm tour begins at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Central time each day. Tours last approximately 15 minutes followed by a live interview and Q&A with the farmer(s).
The event will feature farms from across the Great Lakes region who have been successful in creating a viable business, producing high quality products, and taking efforts to limit their environmental impact.
The lineup includes:
Aug 31, 2pm: Branch River Trout Hatchery - Raceways in combination with a Winery, WI
Aug 31, 3pm: Cedar Brook Trout Farm – Trout Raceways, MI
Sept 1, 2pm: Hickling's Fish Farm - Bass and Trout Raceways and Ponds, NY
Sept 1, 3pm: Ozark Fisheries - Pond and Flowthrough, IN/MO
Sept 2, 2pm: Ripple Rock Fish Farms - Recirculating Aquaculture System, OH
Sept 2, 3pm: Lincoln Bait LLC - Bait Farm, MN
The event is hosted by the Sea Grant Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative, which is a project of Sea Grant programs across the Great Lakes region working to share resources and promote best practices throughout the aquaculture industry.
Each farm is privately owned and operates in a different way, producing a wide variety of different species, giving attendees the opportunity to learn about the diversity of aquaculture operations in our region.
All event attendees will be able to interact with other participants during the day through a question and answer session at the end of each farm tour. This is a great opportunity to pick the brains of experienced aquaculture operators across the region.
Aquaculture is the fastest growing sector of agriculture across the world and now accounts for more than 50% of the production of seafood in the world, surpassing production from wild-caught fisheries. However, in the United States the growth of aquaculture has been stagnant. Seafood supply from U.S.-based wild caught fisheries is not enough to meet nationwide demand. One result is a $14 billion seafood trade deficit.
The U.S. aquaculture industry has potential for growth, especially in the Great Lakes region where abundant inland freshwater resources have enabled a handful of state-based aquaculture operations to employ a local workforce and produce sustainable, healthy and tasty fish.
For more information about the Great Lakes Aquaculture Days 2021 event and registration visit greatlakesseagrant.com/aquaculture
Event contact: Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator Elliot Nelson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sea Grant Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative contact: Minnesota Sea Grant Extension Educator Amy Schrank, email@example.com.