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UW-Stevens Point works with Wisconsin's Aquaculture Association to host annual conference

In collaboration with WI Aquaculture Association, UWSP NADF organized the 23rd annual Wisconsin Aquaculture Conference held in Marshfield, WI on March 2nd and 3rd 2018. The facility played a strong role in gathering speakers, advertising the event, preparing brochures, and organizing presentations. The conference pulled in surrounding states including Minnesota and Michigan to discuss industry updates and state priorities. The idea to incorporate surrounding states suggests the potential for future collaboration and growth as Midwest aquaculture is taking great strides and advances. The conference included topics such as industry updates, hatchery design, aquaponics, fish health and biosecurity, training opportunities, marketing and labelling, expert panel and also includes an industry tradeshow, lunch and cooking demonstration. Speakers represented businesses and organizations such as Wisconsin Sea Grant, Michigan Sea Gant, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin DNR, University of Minnesota, Superior Fresh, Urban Organics, Plymouth Springs Fish Farm, Rushing Waters Fisheries and Clayton Veterinary Care. 

The Wisconsin Aquaculture Association's mission is to promote, educate and advocate for aquaculture economic and environmental sustainability. The association's goal is to organize for opportunity, representation and responsibility of each diverse and active aspect of honorable aquacultural practice, for all species, issues, activities and sizes of operation. As part of this mission the WAA interacts with government agencies, related associations, industries, and other groups. Each year the WAA hosts a Wisconsin Aquaculture Conference in which farmers come together with educators, researchers, students, and agencies to share experiences, information and resources.

Peter Fritsch, current President of the WAA, states,

 "The annual WAA conference is one of the best times a year to gather around and share information.  Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newbie kicking the tires you will find something that benefits your operation or advances your quest.  This year we brought some producers from neighboring states to share their stories plus highlight some of Wisconsin's own exciting new operations.  Plus, once again we had Chef Dani Klontz from Idaho giving us new ideas on how to market and prepare our wonderful products."

Next year, the WAA is looking to collaborate further with Minnesota and Michigan to help strengthen the associations for each state.

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