‘Seed to Shuck 2020’ offers oyster growers strategies for successful farm management
Oyster growers, scientists and shellfish aquaculture industry partners will convene Friday, April 3 for Seed to Shuck 2020, a one-day educational forum and trade expo. Presented by University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension, Delaware Sea Grant, Delaware State University, U.S. Aquaculture Society, and Hoopers Island Oyster Co., who will host the event at its Cambridge equipment manufacturing facility at 837 Chesapeake Drive just off Rt. 50.
Seed to Shuck 2020 features oyster aquaculture pioneers and industry innovators presenting best practices in farm and business management, new grow-out and processing techniques, and the latest in shellfish-growing equipment and technology.
A nominal $10 advance registration fee for the event includes lunch and a networking reception.
“University of Maryland Extension is pleased to partner with Sea Grant and our colleagues in Delaware to present this timely forum,” said Don Webster, UM Extension Regional Specialist. “As more states in the Mid-Atlantic embrace oyster and shellfish aquaculture, and as new technologies, genetic oyster lines, and advanced equipment emerges, it’s critical for oyster growers and aquaculture professionals to share best practices.
The program begins with registration at 8:30 a.m.; between 9am and 4pm, five expert panels will discuss:
• State of Aquaculture in the Mi-Atlantic
• Business Management, Insurance and Financial Planning
• Profitable Farm Management
• Leveraging Advanced Technologies in Robotics, IT and GIS
• Value-Added Marketing Strategies and Case Studies
The forum culminates with a “Sip & Shuck” networking reception sponsored by host Hoopers Island Oyster Co.
“As Hoopers Island Oysters evolved from farming oysters to raising seed and fabricating a complete line of nursery, grow-out and processing equipment, we recognized the importance of sharing our strategies with fellow farmers,” said Ricky Fitzhugh, Managing Partner. “We’re proud to work with these outstanding academic and industry partners to host this event for Mid-Atlantic shellfish growers.”
In addition to Sea Grant, Seed to Shuck 2020 is sponsored in part by Chesapeake Bay Foundation/Maryland Shellfish Growers Network, Dorchester County Office of Economic Development and U.S. Aquaculture Society.