RAStech Conference and Trade Fair

Why attend?

RASTECH 2022 is an international technical conference and trade show serving owners and operators of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS).

Whether it’s raising fish juveniles, producing larger smolt, growing full harvest size fish, aquaponics or research, RAS technology continues to lead the way in the continued expansion of the aquaculture industry around the globe.

As populations rise, so does the demand for seafood. Having already proven its value and efficiencies in the hatchery segment of aquaculture, RAS continues to evolve and develop as one of the most promising farming technologies for raising healthy fish to help meet the world’s growing need for protein.

Who should attend RASTECH?

  • Fish farmers/producers/operators of RAS
  • Fish Hatchery professionals
  • Engineers, contractors and consultants
  • Research and University professionals
  • Investors in RAS

RASTECH 2022 is a capped in-person niche event (limited to 300 RAS professionals). Registration priority is given to the above listed professionals.

Supplier registrations will be refunded (unless they are presenters/speakers or RAS designers/contractors).

Register here

Speakers

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

RASTECH 2022, the premier event for recirculating aquaculture systems, is now accepting proposals for speaker presentations.

Can you share your expertise on any of the following topic areas?

  • Research
  • Recent projects or case studies
  • Practical implementations
  • Operational management
  • RAS-related issues
  • Feeds and nutrition
  • Species
  • Finance and business management

To be considered as a presenter for RASTECH 2022, please email a proposed abstract (maximum 200 words) to David Kuhn davekuhn@vt.edu and Catarina Muia CMuia@annexbusinessmedia.com.

Please use this template for all abstract submissions.

Submission deadline: Monday, Dec. 6, 2021

Trade Show

The RASTECH 2022 trade show is 100% sold out.

All RASTECH exhibitors and sponsors offer relevant products and services to the RAS sector.

Meet and discuss your next RAS project with our exhibitors who will be showcasing the latest in RAS project design, technology, equipment, feeds, genetics and more.

2022 Floor plan

Industry Suppliers: Did you miss your opportunity to secure an exhibitor booth at RASTECH 2022? Avoid disappointment and contact your RASTECH rep to reserve your space at RASTECH 2023.

For RASTECH 2023 Exhibitor Booth reservations and Sponsorships, contact: Morgen Balch or Jeremy Thain

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Should provincial guidelines not allow for social gatherings at the time of the event,
your registration can be transferred to our next event date or refunded
.

Schedule

*Event schedule subject to change

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration/Trade Show Open/Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome Remarks

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Keynote Presentation

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Networking Break

9:30 AM -
 12:00 PM

Morning Sessions

RAS FEED + NUTRITION MANAGEMENT

RAS DISASTERS

RAS PROJECTS

Chair: TBD

 

Chair: TBD

Chair: N/A

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

1:30 PM
 -
 3:30 PM

Early Afternoon Sessions

RAS CURRENT APPLICATIONS & FUTURE CHALLENGES

ECONOMICS

RAS FOR HATCHERIES

Chair: Maddi Badiola, Aquaculture Engineering Society (AES) 

Speakers:

  • Cost analysis of aquaponic systems – Marlon Greenswood, Texas Christian University
  • Oxygen decisions impacting RAS sustainability – James Flaherty, Adsorptech
  • TBD – Emmanuel Briquet, Searen
  • TBD – Rick Murray, Delta Hydronics
  • USDA ARS – Stoneville, MS Catfish Hatchery RAS system design and application – Tim Pfeiffer, USDA
  • Lessons learned – Dan Farkas

 

Chair: Carol Engle, Consultant

Chair: TBD

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Networking Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Late Afternoon Sessions

RAS CURRENT APPLICATIONS & FUTURE CHALLENGES 

RAS FISH HEALTH

Aquaponics

Chair: Maddi Badiola, Aquaculture Engineering Society (AES)

Speakers:

  • TBD – Carlos Lopez, Benchmark Genetics
  • TBD – Jonathan Smith, Balmoral Tanks
  • Roundtable discussion – Carlos Lopez, Benchmark Genetics; Jonathan Smith, Balmoral Tanks; and Dan Farkas

 

Chair: Kathleen Hartman, USDA APHIS

Speakers:

  • Managing pathogen risks in RAS operations – Bill Keleher, USDA APHIS
  • CAHPS – Harnessing the power and impact of aquaculture health management – Kathleen Hartman, USDA APHIS
Chairs: Huy Tran & Amy Ridel, Aquatic Equipment & Design (AED)

 

5 PM

Cocktail Reception/Evening Socials

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Registration/Trade Show Open/Networking Breakfast

9:30 AM -
 12:00 PM

Morning Sessions

RAS FOR HATCHERIES

ENGINEERING INNOVATIONS

RAS PROJECTS

Chair: TBD

 

 

Chair: Chris Good, Freshwater Institute

Speakers:

  • Anaerobic digestion of waste sludge from two different fish diets in a recirculating aquaculture system – Abhinav Choudhury, Freshwater Institute
  • The effects of two water temperature regimes on Atlantic salmon growth performance and maturation – Curtis Crouse, Freshwater Institute
  • Off-flavour observations – Factors influencing accumulation in RAS, microbial characterization, and Atlantic salmon taste threshold – John Davidson, Freshwater Institute
  • Effects of water temperature increases and water signal photoperiod on early maturation in Atlantic salmon post-smolts – Christopher Good, Freshwater Institute

 

Chair: TBD

 

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

1:30 PM
 -
 3:00 PM

Early Afternoon Sessions

RAS START-UP, STRATEGIES, & RISK ASSESSMENT

RAS EQUIPMENT ENGINEERING

RAS FEED + NUTRITION MANAGEMENT

Chair: TBD

 

Chair: TBD

 

Chair: Jason Mann, Riverence Trout

 

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Late Afternoon Sessions/Trade Show close at 3.30pm

ENGINEERING INNOVATIONS

FISH HEALTH

RAS RESEARCH & FINDINGS

Chair: Chris Good, Freshwater Institute

Speakers:

  • Performance characterization of a diffused aeration basin of carbon dioxide removal in RAS – Laura Bailey, Freshwater Institute
  • Assessing peracetic acid application methodology and impact on fluidized sand biofilter performance – Christine Lepine, Freshwater Institute
  • Effect of image quality on convolutional neural network-aided machine learning model accuracy for in-tank fish detection in a RAS – Rakesh Ranjan, Freshwater Institute

 

Chair: Kathleen Hartman, USDA APHIS

Speakers:

  • U.S. importation of aquatic animals – Real world considerations – Bill Keleher, USDA APHIS
  • National aquaculture health plan and standards – What it means for RAS – Kathleen Hartman, USDA APHIS

 

Chair: Yonathan Zohar, Consultant 

 

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Closing Plenary

Venue

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

2 Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 USA
1- 843-681-4000
westinHHI.com

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is nestled among Carolina live oaks and island palms, on the pristine Atlantic Ocean beachfront.
Click here for a virtual tour.

Accommodations

Our group rate of $170++ USD per night is available. Over 75% of rooms have an ocean view! All rooms include a private balcony, mini-refrigerators, double bath vanities and comfortable furnishings reflecting a soothing coastal design, in addition to:

  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Shuttle service to Port Royal Golf & Tennis AND Shelter Cove Marina & Town Centre
  • Golf and Tenniss discounts at Port Royal
  • Workout fitness classes
  • 1 hour steam room at Heavenly Spa
  • Access to the Westin Savannah Water Taxi
  • Guest Room WIFI
  • Free 15 minutes at Business Centre daily
  • Bottle water (2 daily)

Reservations can be made online by direct booking Link: https://book.passkey.com/e/50196034 or by calling  1- 843-681-4000

*RASTECH 2022 is a 2-day event (March 30 & 31, 2022), however the organizers have successfully secured this special room rate for delegates staying between Friday 25th March and Sunday 3rd April, meaning that if you plan to add on a few days of vacation in Hilton Head, then you’ll be able to do so at the special conference room rate.

*rates per night are subject to 10% room tax; $28 resort fee and $3 destination fee)

Reservations by attendees must be reserved by February 28th.
Space cannot be guaranteed after this date.

 

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