Agenda

Day 1, Monday, May 13th 

7:30am to 8:15am
Networking Breakfast
Check-in at registration outside the exhibition area and enjoy a continental breakfast before sessions commence.
Location:
Presidential Ballroom
8:15am to 9:30am
Keynote Speaker
8:15 AM to 8:30 AM Opening remarks 
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Keynote

Farming the AquAdvantage salmon in RAS
Highlighting AquaBounty’s history and technology, Wulf will discuss the benefits of using a fast-growing salmon to enhance the sustainability of RAS production.
Speaker: Sylvia Wulf, executive director, president and CEO, AquaBounty Technologies

The Human Factor: Exploring the people management side of RAS farming
Successful farming in RAS facilities is more than simply managing the tanks, the fish, and the water treatment system; it also requires critical expertise from the human resources perspective. In this talk, Dr. Rojas will discuss the lessons he has learned from working with the people that enable these farms to operate successfully.
Speaker: Alejandro Rojas, chief operating officer, AquaBounty Farms

Location: Congressional Room
9:30am to 9:45am
Networking Break
Enjoy some refreshments and networking with our vendors and industry leaders.
Location: Presidential Ballroom
9:45am to Noon
Choose 1 of 3 Concurrent Sessions:
   
SESSION A AES: RAS energy optimization – Planning, design, sustainability
RAS energy costs and energy system operations and maintenance (O&M) costs are right behind feed and labor as key factors in the cost of production – the cost to produce fish. These “systems” have a significant environmental footprint and should be selected to minimize energy use as well as the O&M burden on the RAS enterprise. This session provides a roadmap for RAS energy system optimization.
Location:
Congressional Ballroom 

Session chairs:
Maddi Badiola and Paul Hundley

Presentation: Billund Aquaculture: Key Factors for RAS Success
Speaker: Marius Hægh

Keynote: RAS energy optimization
Speakers:
Maddi Badiola and Paul Hundley

Presentation:
Mass balance energy design
Speaker:
Steven Hall

Presentation:
Pump selection and application design
Speaker:
Gene Ashe

Presentation:
Oxygen generators – VSA vs PSA vs LOX
Speaker:
Libardo Estupinan

Presentation:
Applied energy recovery design – air and water
Speaker:
Philip Nickerson

Presentation:
Optimized design for large production
Speaker:
Frederic Gaumet

Presentation:
Effective aquaculture: Trying to do it the right way – the RASWay
Speaker:
John Holder

SESSION B The practical economic realities of RAS
Research has shown clearly that fish and shrimp can be grown in RAS. However, the persistent question continues to be whether RAS can produce fish or shrimp profitably, particularly in light of the many failures of RAS businesses. This session will begin with a brief overview of economic fundamentals related to RAS, but will focus primarily on the practical business experience shared by RAS commercial producers of tilapia, Branzino, and shrimp.
Location: Federal Room A

Session chairs: Carole Engle and Jonathan Van Senten

Presentation: Economic fundamentals of RAS
Speakers: Carole Engle and Jonathan Van Senten

Presentation: Economics of recirculating aquaculture systems
Speaker: Jim Franklin

Presentation: Key RAS determinants: species, scale and channel to market
Speaker: Eric Pedersen

Presentation: Recirculation shrimp farm in Indiana
Speaker: Karlanea Brown

Presentation: Oxygen sources, financial & technical ROI implications
Speaker: Jim Flaherty

SESSION C Feeds and feed management in RAS
Feeds and feed management are the cornerstone of profitable production of fish and shrimp in RAS. Feeds nourish the target crop and represent the primary operating cost. Feed inputs directly and indirectly drive water quality and crop health. This session focuses on advancements in feed formulation, manufacturing and delivery to support successful RAS crops.
Location: Senate Room

Session chairs: Craig Browdy and Scott Snyder

Presentation: Advancing aquafeed formulation strategies in RAS – the path to functional feeds
Speaker: Scott Snyder

Presentation: Dietary protein affects production of hybrid tilapia and water quality in outdoor BFT systems
Speaker: Bartholomew Green

Presentation: Aquaculture nutrition research in RAS at Virginia Tech
Speaker: David Kuhn

Presentation: Production of post-larval Litopenaeus vannamei in different feeding strategies in bioflocs and clear water systems
Speaker: Alessandro Pereira Cardozo

Presentation: Use of antioxidant supplements in BFT systems: Benefits and potential drawbacks
Speaker: José M. Monserrat*

Presentation: Effect of dietary inclusions of organic acid salts on shrimp health and production performance and on bacterial communities of biofloc particles and shrimp intestine, gills and hepatopancreas
Speaker: Misael Rosales

Presentation: Perspectives on feeds and feeding technologies for RAS shrimp production systems.
Speaker: Craig Browdy
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Networking Lunch
Join us for a buffet lunch and networking. 
Location: Presidential Ballroom
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Choose 1 of 3 Concurrent Sessions:
   
SESSION A AES: Engineering Innovations - The path to commercial success
The rapid expansion of recirculating aquaculture systems, both in terms of number and size of installations, poses many new challenges for the RAS industry. These challenges, related to the development of economically viable and environmentally sustainable systems for production of either freshwater or marine fish, require close cooperation between commercial and academic activities. In this AES-sponsored session, innovative technologies, those already implemented in commercial RAS or those still under development, will be presented.
Location: Congressional Room

Session chair: Jaap Van Rijn

Presentation: Salmonid growth and welfare in commercial RAS
Speaker: Andrew Preston

Presentation: CtrlAQUA Research: Hydrodynamic challenges in huge culture tanks
Speaker: Steven Summerfelt

Presentation: Design innovations for AquaMaof commercial scale RAS
Speaker: Gary Myers

Presentation: The effect of ozone on Atlantic salmon post smolts in brackish water
Speaker: Kevin Torben Stiller

Presentation: Maximizing operational efficiency, biosecurity, and growth rates through innovative RAS facility design
Speaker: Chuck Blumenschein

SESSION B Health and disease in RAS
Location: Federal Room A

Session chair: Stephen Smith

Presentation: Common diseases of fish in recirculation systems
Speaker: Christine Densmore

Presentation: Studies to prevent saprolegniasis in Atlantic salmon RAS
Speaker: Chris Good

Presentation: Host genetics influences the growth rate, health, and intestinal microbiome of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) cultured in recirculating aquaculture systems
Speaker: Ian Hines

Presentation: Biosecurity for recirculation systems and facilities
Speaker: Stephen Smith

SESSION C U.S. government panel and other resources
This session will provide information on what types of resources are available to help promote the RAS industry.
Location:
Senate Room

Session chairs:
Gene Kim and David Kuhn

Presentation:
USDA-NIFA Aquaculture Program – Extramural Funding Opportunities
Speaker:
Gene Kim

Presentation:
USDA- USDA ARS Aquaculture Research
Speaker:
Caird Rexroad

Presentation:
NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Program – Extramural Funding Opportunities
Speaker:
Nikola Garber

Presentation:
NOAA – NMFS Aquaculture Research
Speaker:
Mark Rath
3:00pm to 3:30pm
Networking break
Enjoy some refreshments and networking with our vendors and industry leaders.
Location: Presidential Ballroom
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Concurrent Sessions Continued
   
SESSION A AES: Engineering Innovations - The path to commercial success (continued)
Location:
Congressional Room

Presentation:
Impacts of electrochemical oxidation on marine RAS
Speaker:
Pedro Manuel Gomes

Presentation:
A novel approach for the removal of off-flavor compounds from recirculating aquaculture systems
Speaker:
Snir Azaria

Presentation:
Lessons from the Model Farm
Speaker:
Steve Atkinson

Presentation:
Innovations in Kingfish RAS
Speaker:
Kees Kloet

SESSION B Health and disease in RAS (continued)
Location: Federal Room A

Presentation: Approved drugs for food fish
Speaker: Stacey Pulver

Presentation: VFD regulations and approval process
Speaker: Stacey Pulver

Presentation: Humane slaughter and depopulation of fish
Speaker: Stephen Smith

SESSION C U.S. government panel and other resources
This session will provide information on what types of resources are available to help promote the RAS industry.
Location:
Senate Room

Session chairs:
Gene Kim and David Kuhn
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Cocktail Reception
Join us for appetizers and cocktails in the Presidential Ballroom! Live entertainment will be provided by Rich Barry.

Notable past music projects include NBCUniversal Cable's “Erase the Hate” campaign, Maryland Live's “Chairman’s Club” with Dan Rather at the Smithsonian, World Bank's Luncheon for Juan Carlos, the former King of Spain, House of Cards 1st season, episode 3 production and music for Knight Takes King Productions, Ted Talks' conference with singer Sara Jones at John F. Kennedy Center, and Martha Stewart Media's “Sunset on the Hudson”.


Day 2, Tuesday, May 14th 

7:30am : 8:30am
Networking breakfast
Enjoy a continental breakfast in the exhibition area before sessions commence.
Location: Presidential Ballroom
8:30am to 10:00am
Choose 1 of 3 Concurrent Sessions
   
SESSION A Business Brief

SESSION B Aquaponics
Location: Senate Room

Session chair: Amy Riedel-Stone

Presentation: Plant mono spacing versus split stocking in a raft system: how it affects profitability
Speaker: Bradly Todd

Presentation: Aquaponic strawberry production: Developing a year-around Northeast Greenhouse strawberry industry
Speaker: Todd Guerdat

Presentation: Aquaponic system types for plant production
Speaker: Amy Riedel-Stone

Presentation: Type of photometers used for water quality in aquaponics
Speaker: Darrin Honious

SESSION C Shrimp production in RAS
This session will cover a variety of topics related to growing shrimp in RAS. Some of the issues being explored include shrimp nutrition, system design and management, biofloc technology, indoor systems, year-round production, and greenhouse production. Some of the world's leading shrimp aquaculture researchers will be presenting here and you won't want to miss it.
Location: Federal Room A

Session chairs: Andrew Ray and Nyan Taw

Presentation: Development of shrimp farming systems using RAS and biofloc technologies for sustainable production
Speaker: Nyan Taw

Presentation: Improvement of fertilization techniques in ponds with BFT system to control cyanobacteria blooms
Speaker: Geraldo Foes

Presentation: The effects of stocking density and artificial substrate on Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei production and water quality dynamics in greenhouse-based biofloc systems
Speaker: Andrew Ray

Presentation: The importance of artificial substrates in biofilm formation and development of nitrifying bacteria in biofloc systems
Speaker: Dariano Krummenauer
10:00am to 10:30am
Networking Break
Enjoy some refreshments and networking with our vendors and industry leaders.
Location: Presidential Ballroom
10:30am to Noon
Concurrent Sessions Continued
   
SESSION A Business Brief 

SESSION B Aquaponics (continued)
Location: Senate Room

Presentation: Start-up of biological filters: Major factors affecting the nitrifying bacteria and success
Speaker: Timothy Hovanec

Presentation: Pest control option in Uncle Pirate
Speaker: Bradley Todd

Presentation: Aquaponics and food safety
Speaker: Reza Ovissipour

SESSION C Shrimp production in RAS (continued)
Location: Federal Room A

Presentation: Integrated culture of Litopenaeus vannamei and Oreochromis niloticus in BFT system; Use of tilapia for control of total suspended solids
Speaker: Luis Poersch

Presentation: The effects of partial harvest on compensatory growth and production parameters of Litopenaeus vannamei reared in biofloc system
Speaker: Wilson Wasielesky

Presentation: Effects of supplemental LED lighting on water quality and Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) performance in intensive recirculating systems
Speaker: Leo Fleckenstein

Presentation: Evaluating a low-cost salt mixture in brackish water intensive shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) production systems
Speaker: Thomas Tierney
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Networking Lunch
Join us for a buffet lunch and networking.
Location: Presidential Ballroom
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Choose 1 of 3 Concurrent Sessions
   
SESSION A Freshwater Institute Research Update: A holistic approach to fish production in RAS
RAS operations must employ personnel with wide-ranging expertise and must utilize effective technologies that support a range of processes including: fish production, water treatment, water chemistry, waste treatment, harvesting/processing, and more. As such, The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute (FI) research team works comprehensively across a range of scientific disciplines to provide practical information to RAS fish farmers and stakeholders. Their research scope includes: RAS engineering and technology, fish health and biological performance, development of standard operating procedures and fish husbandry techniques, optimization of fish culture environment through water chemistry analytics, aquafeeds research, innovative wastewater treatment, and at the end of the cycle - fillet and product quality research. This session will cover the wide spectrum of important RAS topics currently being investigated by the Freshwater Institute team.
Location: Federal Room A

Session chair: John Davidson

Presentation: The Freshwater Institute and CtrlAQUA, Norway: A multi-year research collaboration on RAS-based Atlantic salmon production
Speaker: Christopher Good

Presentation: Integrating membrane biological reactors within RAS culturing rainbow trout – A preliminary evaluation
Speaker: John Davidson

Presentation: Evaluating rainbow trout health and performance when feeding diets with different levels of astaxanthin and zinc Practical problem solving and management techniques to address RAS challenges
Speaker: Curtis Crouse

Presentation: Determining the effects of photoperiod regimes on growth performance, health, and maturation of Atlantic salmon in freshwater RAS
Speaker: Christopher Good

SESSION B Aquaponics (continued)
Location: Senate Room

Presentation: Developing naturally-derived nutrient solutions by capturing and treating the effluent stream from recirculating aquaculture system
Speaker: Todd Guerdat

Presentation: Low cost monitoring DO and Temp in an RAS facility with air blast sensor cleaning
Speaker: Darren Honious

Presentation: Heterotrophic mineralization of organic material produced in RAS system – A review
Speaker: Timothy Hovanec

Presentation: System components/design overview in Aquaponic
Speaker: Huy Tran

SESSION C Advances in hatchery and live feeds technologies
Commercial advancement of intensive RAS, high-value species, as well as offshore aquaculture production are all critically reliant upon the consistent availability of high quality, high-health, and economical juveniles. This session expounds upon the current global status of advances in hatchery RAS, with emphasis on live feeds, live feeds replacements, as well as systems and production technologies. This session will also engage the emerging field of microbiomes within the RAS hatchery complex.
Location: Federal Room B

Session chair: Michael Schwarz

Presentation: Live feeds review and production management for marine hatchery applications
Speaker: Michael Schwarz

Presentation: Advances in algal concentrates for marine hatchery applications
Speaker: Tim Reed

Presentation: Marine hatchery RAS considerations, with an emphasis on critical processes relating to health and survival
Speaker: George Nardi
3:00pm to 3:30pm
Networking Break
Enjoy some refreshments and networking with our vendors and industry leaders.
Location:
Presidential Ballroom
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Session Four Continued
   
SESSION A Freshwater Institute Research Update: A holistic approach to fish production in RAS (continued)
Location: Federal Room A

Presentation: Woodchip bioreactors for treating RAS wastewater: Evaluating performance, economic feasibility, and environmental impact
Speaker: Christine Lepine

Presentation: Fillet and product quality research at the Freshwater Institute: Off-flavor remediation, harvest techniques, and humane slaughter
Speaker: John Davidson

Presentation: Analyzing economies of scale for land-based recirculation aquaculture systems
Speaker: Laura Bailey

Stakeholder Q&A: An opportunity to discuss FI research: past, present, and future.
Speakers: Freshwater Institute staff

SESSION B Marine RAS
Location: Senate Room

Session chair: Yonathan Zohar

Presentation: Developing a Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) aquaculture industry using recirculating aquaculture systems: past and future
Speaker: Christopher Manley

Presentation: European sea bass RAS aquaculture and nitrogen waste treatment
Speaker: Keiko Saito

Presentation: From aquaculture waste to bioenergy: converting fish solid waste to biogas
Speaker: Yonathan Zohar

SESSION C Advances in hatchery and live feeds technologies (continued)
Location: Federal Room B

Presentation: Production of spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) in intensive recirculating systems
Speaker: Reginald Blaylock

Presentation: Mass rearing of spiny lobster larvae in recirculation systems – do some broodstock produce larvae better adapted to culture?
Speaker: Gregory Smith
5:00pm
Conference Ends

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