June 5-6, 2024 Charlotte, NC

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June 5 - 6, 2024 Charlotte, NC

Bringing together the biggest names in the Recirculating Aquaculture Systems industry

RASTECH 2024 Program

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RASTECH 2024 is an international conference and trade fair that serves owners and operators of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technology. This includes: RAS fish farmers/producers, fish hatchery professionals, engineers, contractors, consultants, researchers and investors in RAS.

Whether it’s raising fish juveniles, growing larger smolt, producing harvest-size fish, RAS technology continues to lead the way in the continued expansion of the aquaculture industry around the globe.
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2024 Conference Schedule

Day 1

June 5

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Breakfast & Exhibit Hall opens
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Welcome & Keynote

A vision for RAS’s future
Ohad Maiman & Thue Holm, AquaFounders Capital

10:00 - 11:00 AM
Networking Break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Defining your market

Formulating a strong business model for your RAS company

Session chair: David Kuhn – Virginia Tech

11:00 AM – Rob Ellis, Astor Farms

11:15 AM – Megan Sorby, Pine Island Redfish

11:30 AM – Steve Sutton, TransparentSEA

11:45 AM – Q&A session

 

Genetics & broodstock

Optimizing your breeding program for RAS

Session chair: Adriana Artiles, Centre for Aquaculture Technologies

11:00 AM – Adriana Artiles, Centre for Aquaculture Technologies

11:15 AM –  André Bravo, LocalCoho

11:30 AM – “Tailoring Genetics for Optimal RAS Performance” Andrew Preston, Benchmark Genetics

11:45 AM – “RAS Syndrome and selecting robustness” Robins Macintosh, Homegrown Shrimp

12:00 PM – Q&A session

Nofima

Latest research from the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research

Session chair: Carlo Lazado, Nofima

11:00 AM – “Prevalence and consequences of hydrogen sulphide in Atlantic salmon production” Carlo Lazado, Nofima

11:30 AM – “The importance of photoperiod and salinity in RAS for performance in seawater” Trine Ytrestøyl, Nofima

12:00 PM – “Approaches for carbon dioxide degassing unity automation” Kevin Torben Stiller, Nofima

12:15 PM – “Testing and validation of a Capacitive deionization (CDI) unit as a electrical biofilter and for removing off-flavour compounds” Kevin Torben Stiller, Nofima

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Networking Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
De-risking through design

Understanding the best RAS technology application for your company

Session chair: K.C. Hosler, PR Aqua

2:00 PM – K.C. Hosler, PR Aqua

2:15 PM – “Operational Learnings – Design Changes and Risk Tolerance” Todd Deligan, Salmon Evolution

2:30 PM – “The Gold River Aquafarms journey” John Holder, Gold River Aquafarms

2:45 PM – Panel discussion

Smolt: drivers of RAS

Understanding this crucial growth stage in RAS

Session chair: Jacob Bregnballe, AKVA Group

2:00 PM – “Introducing the crucial growth stage of smolt” Jacob Bregnballe, AKVA Group

2:15 PM – Dean Guest, Katahdin Salmon

2:30 PM – Greg Lambert, Cooke Aquaculture

2:45 PM – Q&A session

SAS2

Latest work from the Sustainable Aquaculture Systems Supporting Atlantic Salmon project

Session chair: Yonathan Zohar, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET), University of Maryland

2:00 PM – “Establishing domestic RAS-specific broodstock for optimally performing offspring” Heather Hamlin, Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI), University of Maine

2:15 PM – “Progress in sterility induction achieved through a transient gene silencing technology”  Ten-Tsao Wong, IMET, University of Maryland

2:30 PM – “The RAS Microbiome: Culprit and biological solution for dealing with off-flavors”  Philip Clark, Towson University

2:45 PM – “A comparison of off-flavor mitigation approaches in RAS” Matt Stromberg, IMET, University of Maryland

3:00 PM – “Conversion of solid waste to fuel grade biogas in recirculating aquaculture systems” Kevin Sowers, IMET, University of Maryland

3:15 PM – “Biochar-based adsorbents for hydrogen sulfide control in anaerobic digesters treating sulfate-rich saline RAS sludge” Abhinav Choudhury, Freshwater Institute

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Networking Break
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Building a team

Finding the right people to drive success

Session chair: Scarlett Tudor, University of Maine

4:30 PM – Scarlett Tudor, University of Maine

4:45 PM – Damien Claire, Atlantic Sapphire

5:00 PM – Tom Sorby, Kingfish Maine

5:15 PM – “De-risking through competence building – The Pure Salmon Academy” Michael Mortenson, Pure Salmon Technology

5:30 PM – Q&A session

Health & disease management

Ensuring fish health and welfare in your facility

Session chair: Bill Keleher, USDA APHIS, Veterinary Services; Kathleen Hartman, USDA APHIS, Veterinary Services

4:30 PM – Bill Keleher, Kennebec River Biosciences & USDA APHIS, Veterinary Services

4:45 PM – George Nardi, Innovasea

5:00 PM – Megan Sorby, Pine Island Redfish

5:15 PM – Cathal Dinneen, Katahdin Salmon

5:30 PM – “EPA and DHA levels and novel ingredients in RAS diets” Thomas Cavrois-Rogacki, BioMar Group

5:45 PM – Q&A session

Freshwater Institute

Latest research from The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute

4:30 PM – “Off-flavour and water quality trends in mature, continuously-operated RAS vs. immature, recently-disinfected RAS” John Davidson, Freshwater Institute

4:45 PM – “Comparing the performance, health, and welfare of USDA-strain Atlantic salmon in RAS environments” Chris Good, Freshwater Institute

5:00 PM – “Waste to Value: In-vessel Composting and Co-composting in RAS” Christine Lepine, Freshwater Institute

5:15 PM – “Evaluating the Feasibility of Integrating Multi-Vessel Membrane Biological Reactors within RAS” Curtis Crouse, Freshwater Institute

5:30 PM – “FilletCam: An AI tool for precise and rapid fish fillet colour categorization” Rakesh Ranjan, Freshwater Institute

5:45 PM – “Advancing Land-Based Shrimp RAS Engineering & Design” Brian Vinci, Freshwater Institute

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Happy Hour at Exhibit Hall

Day 2

June 6

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Breakfast & Exhibit Hall opens
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Welcome & Keynote

Commissioning to success
James Tuller, Pure Salmon Technology

10:00 - 11:00 AM
Networking Break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Investors’ Forum

Lessons from successful RAS partnerships

Session chair: Justin Henry, Henry Aquaculture Consult; Jamie Stein, Devonian Capital

11:00 AM – Matt Craze, Spheric Research

11:15 AM – Max Holtzman, Ocean14 Capital

11:30 AM – Howard Tang, Peritus Capital

11:45 AM – Kimberly Player, Equilibrium Capital

12:00 PM – Q&A session

 

Systems & equipment

Understanding the technological needs of your facility

Session chair: Dan Farkas, HTH Full Spectrum Aquaculture

11:00 AM – “Heating and cooling considerations in RAS Systems” Erin Murray, Delta Hydronics

11:15 AM – “UV Sterilization Applications in RAS Systems” Adrian Megay, RK2 Systems

11:30 AM – “Applications for Ozone in RAS Systems” Robert Turnbull, Telchine Energy Technologies

11:45 AM – “Medium Pressure LHO Applications in RAS Systems” Chris Haughey, Aquacare

12:00 PM – “Mechanical Filtration Applications in RAS Systems” Sam Courtland, CM Aqua/Integrated Aqua

12:15 PM – Q&A session

Aquaculture Engineering Society

Latest research from the Aquaculture Engineering Society

Session chair: Tim Pfieffer, USDA-ARS

11:00 AM – “Introduction to Airlift” Ron Malone, AST Filters Inc.

11:15 AM – “Application of Airlift in RAS” Tim Pfeiffer, USDA-ARS

11:30 AM – “AquaHill Airlift Unit Performance” Hisham Abdelrahman, Roger Williams University

11:45 AM – “Vacuum Airlift Performance” Emmanual Briquet, Searen

12:00 PM – “FloMov – Efficient Airlift Pumping Technology” Josh Rosettani, FloNergia Systems

12:15 PM – Q&A session

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Networking Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Advocacy & community

Connecting with the industry on important issues

Session chair: Maddi Badiola, Florida Marine Aquaculture Coalition

2:00 PM – Charlie Culpepper, National Aquaculture Association

2:15 PM – Brian Brawner, Texas Aquaculture Association

2:30 PM – Scarlett Tudor, Cooperative Extension and Aquaculture Research Institute

2:45 PM – Maddi Badiola, Florida Marine Aquaculture Coalition

3:00 PM – “NC Aquaculture Association: a rollercoaster of success and failure, and its importance to industry assistance” Pete Anderson, NC Department of Agriculture

3:15 PM – Roundtable discussion

Maintaining water quality

Understanding water treatment strategies in RAS

Session chair: Huy Tran, Aquatic Equipment & Design

2:00 PM – “Effects of ozone in water quality” Henrik Levy, OxyGuard International

2:15 PM – “Permitting and Siting Aquaculture Operations in North Carolina: NC’s Strengths and Weaknesses” Pete Anderson, NC Department of Agriculture


2:30 PM – Michael Nystrom, Mote Aquaculture Laboratory

2:45 PM – “50 Ways to Kill the Water ” David Cerino, Carteret Community College – Aquaculture

3:00 PM – Ron Malone, AST Filters Inc.


3:15 PM – Q&A session

Academic research

Latest research from university & college institutions

Session chair: John Stieglitz, University of Miami

2:00 PM – “Enhancing fish and shrimp production in RAS using direct-fed probiotics” David Kuhn, Virginia Tech

2:15 PM – Dave Cerino, Carteret Community College

2:30 PM – “Specialized feed-ingredients derived from brewery by-products enhances production and the microbiome of rainbow trout cultured in RAS” J. Pough/David Kuhn, Virginia Tech

2:45 PM – John Stieglitz, University of Miami

3:00 PM – “Research to address challenges in aquaponics” Joshua Dusci, Virginia Tech

3:15 PM – Q&A session

 

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Networking Break
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Consumer’s choice

Telling the story of RAS fish to consumers

Session chair: Dianna Fletcher, Fletcher Media

4:30 PM – Panel introductions, moderated by Dianna Fletcher, Fletcher Media

4:45 PM – Panel discussion with: Damien Claire, Atlantic Sapphire; Lauren Enz, Searenity Seafoods; Chef Stephen Phelps, Indigenous restaurant

5:45 PM – Q&A session

Waste & sludge treatment

Unlocking fish waste as a resource and profit stream

Session chair: Jason Danaher, Aquatic Equipment & Design

4:30 PM – “Fish With a Side of Green: Partnering For a Greener Tomorrow” Jason Danaher, Aquatic Equipment & Design

4:45 PM – “Green solutions in Blue Food production” Megan Sorby, Pine Island Redfish

5:00 PM – “Using everything but the swoosh!” John Holder, Goldriver Aquafarms

5:15 PM – “Wasting an Opportunity! It’s Time to Rebrand” Todd Deligan, Salmon Evolution

5:30 PM – “What takes precedence: Water discharge quality or Sludge reuse?” Trevor Gent, Alumichem Technologies

5:45 PM – Q&A session

National Aquaculture Development Plan

Bringing together our research team to discuss the future of their work.

Session chair: Ed Aneshansley, EdA Aquatic Design Services LLC

4:30 PM – “National Aquaculture Development Plan (NADP) overview and update” Ed Aneshansley, EdA Aquatic Design Services LLC

4:45 PM – “National Strategic Plan for Aquaculture Research” Luke Jodoin, Maine Dept. of Agriculture

5:00 PM – “National Aquaculture Association’s review of USDA’s Regional Aquaculture Centers (RAC) program” Charlie Culpepper, National Aquaculture Association

5:15 PM – “Strategic growth planning at the state level: Finding alignment between National, Regional, and State aquaculture research and growth” Ed Aneshansley, EdA Aquatic Design Services LLC

5:30 PM – Panel discussions

RASTECH 2024
Speakers

ABHINAV CHOUDHURY

ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH ENGINEER, FRESHWATER INSTITUTE

ADRIAN MEGAY

SALES MANAGER, RK2 SYSTEMS

ADRIANA ARTILES

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, CENTER FOR AQUACULTURE TECHNOLOGIES

A biochemistry graduate of the University of Havana, Adriana Artiles, PhD completed a doctorate in biological sciences in 2001 and has expertise in research and clinical laboratories. Her passion for aquaculture began more than 15 years ago when she took a position as the molecular laboratory head at the Fisheries Research Center in Havana, Cuba. As part of the team at Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT), she brings her expertise and enthusiasm for both field and laboratory work to help clients identify optimal tools and solutions to facilitate genetic improvement for a variety of aquatic species and production systems.

ANDRÉ BRAVO

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER, LOCALCOHO

ANDREW PRESTON

GLOBAL RAS TECHNICAL MANAGER, BENCHMARK GENETICS

Andrew Preston, PhD, has been working within aquaculture production and research over the last 15 years, spending the last two years with Benchmark Genetics. Prior to joining Benchmark, Andrew worked with AquaMaof Aquaculture Technologies as Head of Production on their land-based projects and at the University of Stirling, where he started his career as a salmon biologist in 2008. Andrew completed both his BSc and PhD at the Institute of Aquaculture and plays a key role in Benchmark’s technical support within the Commercial Team for land-based. He undertakes research focused on developing a portfolio of products for Benchmark’s land-based customers.

BILL KELEHER

FOUNDER & CEO, KENNEBEC RIVER BIOSCIENCES

Kennebec River Biosciences, located in Richmond, Maine, provides a range of diagnostic services and veterinary biologics (vaccines and probiotics) to aquaculture companies around the globe. Bill Keleher sits on a number of state and national aquatic animal health focused committees including the Maine Aquatic Animal Health Technical Committee, the USDA’s National Aquaculture Health Plan & Standard Technical Working Group, and National Aquaculture Association’s Aquatic Animal Health Committee.

BORGHILD HILLESTAD

DIRECTOR OF FISH WELFARE, VIKING AQUA

BRIAN BRAWNER

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER – AQUATICS, AQUACULTURE, HAYWARD FLOW CONTROL, VICE-PRESIDENT, TEXAS AQUACULTURE ASSOCIATION

Brian Brawner is a marine biologist with more than 40 years experience in the aquarium, zoo and aquaculture industry, working with recirculating aquaculture systems, life support systems for aquariums and zoos, quarantine systems, equipment specification and supply. Specialties: Life support equipment specification, application and supply for the aquarium, zoo, and aquaculture industries.

BRIAN VINCI

DIRECTOR, FRESHWATER INSTITUTE

Brian J. Vinci, PhD, PE, works as the director of the Freshwater Institute, a field office and program of The Conservation Fund (Arlington, Va.). Dr. Vinci earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University and earned his PhD in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell. He is a past-president of the Aquacultural Engineering Society, a past vice-president of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers, and an active member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

CARLO LAZADO

SENIOR SCIENTIST, NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF FOOD, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE RESEARCH (NOFIMA)

Carlo C. Lazado holds a PhD degree in Aquatic Biosciences from Nord University. He carried out his post-doctoral trainings at the Technical University of Denmark and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (as a Jacob Blaustein Fellow). His research addresses the basic and applied aspects of fish health with a strong focus on how the rearing environment shapes and modifies fish mucosal immunity.

CATHAL DINNEEN

HEAD OF PRODUCTION, KATAHDIN SALMON

CATHERINE FREDERICK

EXTENSION ASSOCIATE, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EXTENSION

CHARLIE CULPEPPER

DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT, NATIONAL AQUACULTURE ASSOCIATION

Born in South Georgia, Charlie Culpepper graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and began his aquaculture career after college working at several food fish farms in the Georgia and North Carolina area. He then went on to obtain a Master of Science in Aquaculture from Mississippi State University in 2015. Charlie began work in aquaculture regulation and development at the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture; serving as the Assistant Division Director from 2019 – 2022. Now as a relieved and recovering regulator, Charlie works to grow the National Aquaculture Association’s ranks and bring American aquaculture into a new era through coalition building, political advocacy and public education.

CHRIS GOOD

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, FRESHWATER INSTITUTE

Chris Good, DVM, PhD, leads the Freshwater Institute’s USDA-ARS-funded research program, which aims to assist the domestic land-based RAS salmonid industry in expanding sustainably and improving economic viability. Chris is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian with the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association.

CHRISTINE LEPINE

RESEARCH SUPPORT SPECIALIST, FRESHWATER INSTITUTE

Christine Lepine, MS, is currently researching areas including the evaluation of “waste to value” in an aquaculture setting, examining anaerobic digestion and composting processes as alternatives to traditional waste disposal methods. Christine holds an M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Resource Management from Shepherd University.

CURTIS CROUSE

RESEARCH SUPPORT SPECIALIST, FRESHWATER INSTITUTE

Curtis Crouse, MS, holds a Bachelor’s degree in animal and Avian Sciences from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University. In 2020, he was recognized by Hatchery International as a Top 10 Under 40 hatchery professional.

DAMIEN CLAIRE

CHIEF SALES AND MARKETING OFFICER, ATLANTIC SAPPHIRE

Damien Claire leads Atlantic Sapphire’s sales and marketing efforts for Bluehouse Salmon farming. He has diverse work experience spanning multiple industries. Prior to joining Atlantic Sapphire, Damien was the President of Platina Seafood, Inc. From 2009 to 2014, he served as Sales/Analyst for South Pacific Specialties in Miami. From 2004 to 2008, he also acted as VP of Business Development for Global Outsourcing in Chile. Damien earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from Lander University in South Carolina.

DANIEL FARKAS

PROJECT LEADER & CO-FOUNDER, HTH FULL SPECTRUM AQUACULTURE LLC

Dan Farkas is an experienced RAS operator, project manager, and co-founder of HTH Full Spectrum Aquaculture, currently based in Jensen Beach, Fla., USA. Farkas specializes in marine aquaculture operations and facility management, and has extensive experience with species including cobia, pompano, and shrimp.

DAVID CERINO

CHAIR OF THE AQUACULTURE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM AT CARTERET COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The primary focus of David Cerino’s work is on education, training, and workforce development. Carteret Community College in Morehead City, NC, carries out applied research to improve aquaculture productivity and sustainability. Collaboration with industry, academic partners, regulators, and NGOs offers opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning and support industry growth.

DAVID KUHN

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF FOOD SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, VIRGINIA TECH

David Kuhn has more than 20 years of experience in civil engineering and environmental technology. He is currently the associate professor and extension specialist of food science and technology at Virginia Tech. Kuhn has published more than 100 journal articles on seafood quality, aquaculture research, and outreach programs.

DEAN GUEST

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, KATAHDIN SALMON

DIANNA FLETCHER

COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST, FLETCHER MEDIA

She currently manages public relations and community outreach for several RAS facilities including Pine Island Redfish and Kingfish Maine. Her work goes beyond sustainable seafood. She’s served as communications manager for a publicly traded tech company; produced thousands of videos in multiple languages for various industries and has managed international PR for yacht racing campaigns.

EMMANUAL BRIQUET

CEO & FOUNDER, SEAREN LLC, AMERICA REPRESENTATIVE, FAIVRE

Emmanual Briquet dedicated 35 years to the development of sustainable aquaculture, with a diploma in Marine Resource Mgt from the Center of Oceanology of Marseilles. He created the first organic-certified fish farm in 1989 (Provence Aquaculture) and again with Corse Aquaculture in 2005. He is a member of the French Department Of Agriculture’s Organic Aquaculture Working Group, OrAQua (the official EU working group), the European Commission on Organic Aquaculture, USDA’s Organic Aquaculture Task Force, and UNIDO.

ERIN MURRAY

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, DELTA HYDRONICS LLC

GEORGE NARDI

VICE-PRESIDENT OF AQUACULTURE, INNOVASEA

George Nardi has three decades of experience in the seafood and aquaculture industry and provides clients with strategic direction and expertise on hatchery and farm operations. In 1995, George co-founded Great Bay Aquaculture, a New Hampshire-based fish farm that started as single marine species hatchery before evolving into a large hatchery and grow-out operation spread across three states and four countries. George holds a Bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in marine environmental science from SUNY Stony Brook. He currently serves on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Aquaculture Task Force.

GONÇALO SANTOS

HEAD OF PROJECTS, HATCH INNOVATION SERVICES

HEATHER HAMLIN

DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL OF MARINE SCIENCES, AQUACULTURE RESEARCH INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

Heather Hamlin is a reproductive endocrinologist primarily interested in the mechanisms by which environmental factors influence the reproduction and development of aquatic animals. She is a professor and director of the School of Marine Sciences, and a member of the Aquaculture Research Institute at University of Maine. She has been engaged with RAS aquaculture for more than 20 years.

HISHAM ABDELRAHMAN

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MARINE BIOLOGY, AQUACULTURE EXTENSION SPECIALIST, ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

Hisham Abdelrahman is from Cairo, Egypt and studied at Auburn University as a student of Dr. Claude Boyd. He was an extension specialist at the AL Fish Farm Center in Greenville AL before his position at Roger Williams University, working mainly with shellfish. Hisham is also in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine as an assistant professor at Cairo University.

HOWARD TANG

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & PARTNER, PERITUS CAPITAL

Howard Tang executes the investment firm’s vision through extensive relationships in the capital markets and aquaculture sector. Peritus has financed more than US$250 million in complex financial solutions for some of the world’s top seafood companies. Howard holds a CFA designation and Series 7, 24, 27, 63, and 79 licenses.

HUY TRAN

SENIOR BIOLOGIST & CO-OWNER, AQUATIC EQUIPMENT & DESIGN INC.

Huy Tran has 30 years in the aquaculture industry as a farm manager to system designer/integrator of RAS. Tran has worked in the aquatic toxicology industry, and managed multi-species (29) broodstock and hatchery production, producing aquatic organisms for testing. Tran has worked on turnkey aquaculture education systems and aquaponics designs for the Aquatic Eco-Systems catalogues and sale from 1997 to 2014.

JACOB BREGNABALLE

SALES DIRECTOR, AKVA GROUP LAND-BASED

Jacob Bregnballe is a well-known expert in recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS) and holds a M.Sc. degree from Copenhagen University, Denmark. Jacob has a strong background in designing and engineering aquaculture projects around the world for 40 years. He has a strong commercial background from managing his own land-based and sea-based aquaculture business for 20 years before joining AKVA Group. Jacob has gained extensive experience from research & development projects working closely with universities and institutions in several programmes for aquaculture. He has also worked as an international aquaculture consultant for the FAO under the United Nations and has written the booklet. “A guide to recirculation aquaculture.”

JAMES PETER HENRY TULLER

COMMISSIONING MANAGER, PURE SALMON TECHNOLOGY

James Tuller is currently the commissioning manager at Pure Salmon Technology (PST), based in Drammen, Norway. He has been involved with commissioning since he started at PST about 5 years ago as a process engineer, for the last five project deliveries. He has been working in the field of aquaculture for the past 16 years, working with various species around the world, including tilapia in Thailand and East Africa, barramundi in Australia, and currently salmon with PST.

JAMES PETER HENRY TULLER

COMMISSIONING MANAGER, PURE SALMON TECHNOLOGY

James Tuller is currently the commissioning manager at Pure Salmon Technology (PST), based in Drammen, Norway. He has been involved with commissioning since he started at PST about 5 years ago as a process engineer, for the last five project deliveries. He has been working in the field of aquaculture for the past 16 years, working with various species around the world, including tilapia in Thailand and East Africa, barramundi in Australia, and currently salmon with PST.

JASON DANAHER

AQUACULTURE SALES SPECIALIST, AQUATIC EQUIPMENT & DESIGN INC.

Jason Danaher has worked 15 years in both the aquaculture and water resources management industries serving university, local government, and private business sectors. He currently resides in Central Florida working for a small aquaculture business and is an adjunct professor at a local college teaching aquaculture, hydroponics, and aquaponics.

JEAN KO DIN

EDITOR, HATCHERY INTERNATIONAL & RASTECH MAGAZINE

Jean Ko Din manages and curates the print and digital media content for Hatchery International and RAStech Magazine. She also assists in the production of Aquaculture North America. Jean produces a wide range of special projects for these aquaculture industry publications, including HI’s Top 10 Under 40 program, the Hatchery 101 webinar series and the RASTECH Conference and Trade Fair. She is also co-host and producer of the RAS Talk podcast for recirculating aquaculture professionals.

JOHN DAVIDSON

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST, FRESHWATER INSTITUTE

John Davidson, PhD, has authored more than 50 research articles on a range of topics including recirculating aquaculture system technologies, characterizing, and optimizing the fish culture environment for salmonids, off-flavour remediation, and sustainable aquafeeds. John holds a Dr. Philos. degree from the University of Bergen, Norway, a Master of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Shepherd University.

JOHN HOLDER

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY, GOLD RIVER AQUAFARMS INC., PRESIDENT, JLH CONSULTING INC.

John Holder is a registered professional biologist in the Province of British Columbia and he graduated from the University of Guelph in 1973. He started his aquaculture career in that same year. He has had extensive experience with designing land-based freshwater and saltwater systems dealing with salmonids, cichlids as well as numerous salt-water species including shrimp and he can be considered an expert in the RAS field. He has worked and consulted for aquaculture companies on six continents.

JOHN STIEGLITZ

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

John Stieglitz, PhD is a research assistant professor in Aquaculture at the Rosenstiel School of the University of Miami. Utilizing approaches centred on applied ecophysiology and bioenergetics of marine fish, his research aims to address marine aquaculture production challenges while also developing a greater understanding of the impacts of both natural and anthropogenic induced environmental stressors on marine fish species throughout the world. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in aquaculture at UM, John conducts research investigating sustainability within the seafood business sector and has served as a consultant to commercial marine aquaculture companies in the US, the Caribbean, and the Americas.

JOSHUA ROSETTANI

APPLICATION SPECIALIST, FLONERGIA SYSTEMS

Joshua Rosettani is the go-to expert for the FloNergia Systems product line. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Master’s degree in Applied Science from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He is responsible for training new distributors on FloNergia’s advanced pump technology, ensuring seamless implementation across various systems.

JUSTIN HENRY

CONSULTANT, HENRY AQUACULTURE CONSULT INC., AQUACULTURE BUSINESS DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Justin Henry has worked with RAS since 1995, built his first commercial RAS facility in 1998, and his first aquaponics system in 2010. Henry developed the monosex female Coho broodstock program in B.C., Canada. He chairs the technical committee for the Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard and sat on the WOAH ad hoc group on Aquatic Animal Biosecurity. In 2017, Henry started Henry Aquaculture Consult Inc. and in 2020, launched a Graduate Certificate in the aquaculture program at University of British Columbia.

K.C. HOSLER

CHIEF OPERATING & TECHNICAL OFFICER, PR AQUA

PR Aqua is a leading aquaculture design and technology provider located in BC, Canada. As a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in aquaculture, K.C. Hosler has led RAS design projects for some of the world’s largest salmon farming companies and has been a key knowledge leader in the development of the RAS industry in North America.

KEVIN SOWERS

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR & PROFESSOR, IMET, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Kevin R. Sowers obtained a PhD in Anaerobic Microbiology from Virginia Tech and is currently a professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is the co-founder of two startup companies, RemBac Environmental and Silfra Biosystems, which specialize in bioremediation technologies. Dr. Sowers specializes in the development of anaerobic consortia of bacteria optimized for bioremediation of specific organic wastes and environmental contaminants. Current research projects in land-based recirculating aquaculture focus on the application of methanogenic consortia for the conversion of solid waste to fuel-grade biogas.

KEVIN TORBEN STILLER

PHD SCIENTIST, NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF FOOD, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE RESEARCH (NOFIMA)

Kevin Torben Stiller’s research interest is the link between innovative technology development and the resulting housing conditions of aquatic animals. The research has strong implications for the industry for bettering the state-of-the-art close containment and semi-closed system technology reducing carbon footprint and/or energy costs for fish farming.

KIMBERLEY PLAYER

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, EQUILIBRIUM CAPITAL

Kimberley Player has spent more than 20 years crafting real asset investment strategies for a wide range of clients, the last seven of which have been focused on the agriculture and food, and renewable energy sectors. In her current role as Director of Research for Equilibrium, she led the development of the firm’s aquaculture strategy and is responsible for pipeline origination and underwriting. Kimberley graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Comm. in Finance and, more recently, returned to her alma mater as a guest lecturer in Business Concepts in Aquaculture.

LARS STIGAARD

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, PROXIMAR SEAFOOD

LAUREN ENZ

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, SEARENITY FOODS

Lauren Enz launched Searenity Seafoods in 2024 with the goal of connecting international sustainable seafood producers with end consumers in North American markets. Lauren has 25 years of expertise in national seafood sales and business line development, most recently serving as US Vice President of US Sales for the Kingfish Company. Her past positions include Director of Seafood Purchasing at Darden Restaurants, VP of Business Development for Mark Foods and VP Sales/Purchasing at Midwest Seafood. Current Searenity Seafoods clients include The Kingfish Company, Matorka, Stolt Sea Farm, Pine Island Redfish, and Atlantic Sea Farms.

MADDI BADIOLA

PROJECT LEADER & RAS ENGINEER, HTH FULL SPECTRUM LLC , PRESIDENT, AQUACULTURE ENGINEERING SOCIETY

Maddi Badiola, PhD, PM, is a RAS engineer and co-founder of HTH Full Spectrum (fullspectrumaquaculture.com; HTHaqua.com) in Basque Country, Spain. Her expertise includes energy conservation, lifecycle assessments and RAS global sustainability assessments.

MATT CRAZE

FOUNDER, SPHERIC RESEARCH

As founder of Spheric Research, Matt Craze has carried out consultancy projects in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. The company has carried out eight multi-client studies through an
exclusive partnership with Undercurrent News. Through Spheric Research, Craze conducts business with several major agricultural and aquaculture companies, governments, and NGOs.

MATTHEW STROMBERG

GRADUATE ASSISTANT, IMET, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

A tradesman turned academic, Matthew J. Stromberg has transitioned from a full-time blacksmith to an engineering doctoral student at IMET. Graduating from UVA with degrees in both civil & environmental engineering and environmental sciences, Matthew is co-advised by Dr. Yonathan Zohar and Dr. Upal Ghosh. His research focuses on both the removal technologies for off-flavor, and the underlying mathematical end-engineering processes that control their operations.

MEGAN SORBY

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, PINE ISLAND REDFISH

A specialist in the field of aquaculture, Megan Sorby has specifically focused on new species development as well as recirculating aquaculture systems. From design and construction to hatchery, grow out, and even time on the seafood sales side, Megan’s experience encompasses every step of the RAS farm process. Bringing the experience to the next progression of RAS as a more regenerative and viable development both environmentally and economically led her to the inception of Pine Island Redfish and the solutions it will bring.

MICHAEL MORTENSON

CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, PURE SALMON TECHNOLOGY

Michael has close to 30 years of experience in international project business and has held numerous senior positions in global process engineering companies within the aquaculture and chemical industries. He previously served as CEO of feed mill supplier, Graintec, and CEO of Industrial gases company, Union Engineering (Pentair Denmark). He holds a BSc. in engineering and a diploma in Business Administration from Henley, UK. He lives in Denmark with his wife and two teenage daughters.

MICHAEL NYSTROM

SENIOR BIOLOGIST & STAFF MANAGER, MOTE MARINE LABORATORY

Michael Nystrom has over 20 years in the aquaculture industry as a senior biologist and staff manager in the Saltwater Aquaculture Department of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Flo., USA. Mote’s Saltwater Aquaculture program is centred on the aquaculture of indigenous sportfish of the Gulf of Mexico region. He has worked on many disciplines of aquaculture, such as live feeds production, broodstock maturation, hatchery & growout production, and system maintenance. Over the past 10 years, Nystrom’s primary efforts have been in recirculating system design and construction with a focus in saltwater aquaponics. Current bi-product crops incorporated into the aquaponics filtration systems are sea vegetables, macroalgae, periphyton, and coastal restoration plant species.

NICK BROWN

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, AQUACARE

Michael Nystrom has over 20 years in the aquaculture industry as a senior biologist and staff manager in the Saltwater Aquaculture Department of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Flo., USA. Mote’s Saltwater Aquaculture program is centred on the aquaculture of indigenous sportfish of the Gulf of Mexico region. He has worked on many disciplines of aquaculture, such as live feeds production, broodstock maturation, hatchery & growout production, and system maintenance. Over the past 10 years, Nystrom’s primary efforts have been in recirculating system design and construction with a focus in saltwater aquaponics. Current bi-product crops incorporated into the aquaponics filtration systems are sea vegetables, macroalgae, periphyton, and coastal restoration plant species.

OHAD MAIMAN

CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER, AQUA FOUNDERS CAPITAL

Ohad Maiman is stubbornly convinced about the critical role of land-based aquaculture technology in solving the structural supply bottlenecks of sustainable high-quality seafood, while relieving pressure on the ocean ecosystem. Before founding Aqua Founders Capital with Thue Holm, Ohad is founder and former CEO (2015-2022) at The Kingfish Company.

PETE ANDERSON

AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & AQUACULTURE CONSULTANT, N.C. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER SERVICES, INDUSTRY LIASON, N.C. AQUACULTURE ASSOCIATION

Pete Anderson has a lifetime of experience in agriculture, growing up in Eastern North Carolina to a farming family with roots in forestry, row crop agriculture and beef cattle. He attended NC State University majoring in Agricultural Business Management and was employed by the university as an Agriculture Extension Agent with NC Cooperative Extension. He now serves as a consultant for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, responsible for freshwater aquaculture licensing across the state, as well as liaison to the N.C. Aquaculture Association, assisting with permitting and issues for the state’s aquaculture industry.

PHILIP CLARK

LECTURER, TOWSON UNIVERSITY

RAKESH RANJAN

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, FRESHWATER INSTITUTE

Rakesh Ranjan, PhD, completed his Bachelor of Technology from the College of Technology (Pantnagar, India) and Master of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT – Kharagpur, India), both in Agricultural and Food Engineering. He also holds a PhD in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from Washington State University. Dr. Ranjan is leading the Precision Aquaculture program at Freshwater Institute. His team’s goal is to investigate and adopt cutting-edge smart technologies to solve problems in land-based aquaculture management, and to develop knowledge-based decision support for commercial-scale RAS farms. He is an active member of the European Aquaculture Society (EAS).

ROBERT TURNBULL

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, TELCHINE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES LLC

ROBINS MCINTOSH

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, HOMEGROWN SHRIMP USA

RON MALONE

PRESIDENT & CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, AQUACULTURE SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES

SAM COURTLAND

FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, INTEGRATED AQUA SYSTEMS INC.

SCARLETT TUDOR

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR, AQUACULTURE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Mary Scarlett Tudor was introduced to aquaculture when she moved to Maine working on a diversity of research projects with animals like lobsters and salmon. She then shifted her career path to education which has brought together her passion for aquatic animals and mentorship. Scarlett currently mentors students through her own research, internship programs (Aquaculture Research Institute’s Externship Program and AquEOUS), and youth development programs. (4-H Aquaponics Project and 4-H Aquarium Club).

STEPHEN PHELPS

CHEF & OWNER, INDIGENOUS RESTAURANT

Chef Stephen Phelps is a nationally recognized, award-winning Sarasota, Fla.-based chef, avid recreational fisherman, and strong advocate for sustainable seafood policy and healthy oceans.
Chef Steve honed his craft as a chef in top Cleveland restaurants before moving to Sarasota over 15 years ago. The exciting transition from freshwater to saltwater fishing introduced him to the expansive resources within the ocean, igniting his mission to focus on sustainable seafood.

Chef Steve has earned impressive culinary and conservation accolades, including multiple recognitions as a James Beard “Best Chef South” semi-finalist in 2014 and 2015, a Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force Ambassador, a Niman Ranch Scholarship Award winner, and on the Board of Chefs’ EDF Coalition for Sustainable Aquaculture.

TEN-TSAO WONG

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY

Dr. Wong studies fish germ cell development and develops technologies blocking germ cell formation to achieve sterility induction.

THOMAS CAVROIS-ROGACKI

BIOFARM MANAGER, BIOMAR GROUP

Thomas Cavrois-Rogacki oversees a dynamic team of technical advisors within the Baltic business unit who provide dedicated support to our customers across diverse markets. Thomas holds a PhD in fish farming and nutrition and has a career that has taken him across various geographies, engaging in farming, product development, and customer service within the aquaculture industry. He specializes in fish nutrition, land-based aquaculture, and the production of marine and salmonid species. Thomas has a passion for exploring innovative technologies to advance the field of aquaculture.

THUE HOLM

CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER, AQUA FOUNDERS CAPITAL

Thue Holm is the Managing Partner at Aqua Founders Capital, which he co-founded with Ohad Maiman. Aqua Founders Capital is dedicated to advancing land-based aquaculture, reflecting the shared vision of its founders. Thue has 20 years of experience in land-based aquaculture driving innovation and sustainability in the aquaculture industry, including co-founding Atlantic Sapphire, a leader in sustainable fish farming.

TIM PFEIFFER

RESEARCH AQUACULTURE ENGINEER, U.S. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE (USDA-ARS), DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, AQUACULTURE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGIES

Tim Pfeiffer has more than 30 years of experience with many aspects of aquaculture nationally and internationally, including marine and freshwater RAS and pond culture, shellfish, algal, and crustacean culture. Aquaculture Research Scientist currently with the USDA-ARS Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit in Stoneville, MS. He is also the current Secretary/Treasurer of the Aquacultural Engineering Society, www.AESweb.org.

TODD DELIGAN

GENERAL MANAGER NORTH AMERICA, SALMON EVOLUTION

Todd Deligan brings extensive business and legal experience to the salmon aquaculture industry. Todd joined Salmon Evolution in November of 2021 as the general manager of North America after working at Optimar AS, a world leader in aquaculture and processing equipment. Todd was also a founder and first employee of Whooshh Innovations where he co-invented the “Salmon Cannon™”, a novel means to transport live migratory species over or around barriers (e.g., dams) and more efficiently move fish within seafood processing facilities. Todd attended the University of Washington earning a B.A. degree and then attended Vermont Law School where he earned two degrees – a J.D. and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy.

TOM SORBY

OPERATIONS MANAGER, KINGFISH MAINE, CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER, PINE ISLAND REDFISH

Tom Sorby has raised multiple species of fish in several countries over the last 15 years, with a focus on the development of new species. Tom also has an expertise in system design and operation, larval, rearing and survival, and maximizing feed regime efficiency. Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Chemistry from Sparsholt College, Hampshire in the U.K. and Master of Science in Sustainable Aquaculture from Stirling College in Scotland.

TREVOR GENT

DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING, ALUMICHEM TECHNOLOGIES

Trevor Gent has over 25 years of engineering experience. Trevor started his engineering career in Water Treatment and after working in various industries and learning a wide variety of skills, he returned to the engineering world to support his desire to get back to his educational and environmental roots. For the past four years, he has focused on Waste and Water management solutions working on projects in the Aquaculture space in Canada, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden as well as evaluating many other global opportunities.

TRINE YTRESTØYL

PHD SCIENTIST, NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF FOOD, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE RESEARCH (NOFIMA)

Trine Ytrestøyl has a PhD in Aquaculture from NMBU focusing on flesh pigmentation in salmonids. She has in the last 10 years also worked with smolt protocols in RAS focusing on the effects of photoperiod, salinity and transfer size on the performance in seawater with regard to growth, survival and maturation.

YONATHAN ZOHAR

PROJECT DIRECTOR, SAS², PRESIDENTIAL PROFESSOR & CHAIR OF MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY, DIRECTOR, AQUACULTURE RESEARCH CENTER, INSTITUTE OF MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY

Yonathan Zohar has over 45 years of substantial R&D record in sustainable aquaculture and marine biotechnology and integrating academia with industry. He currently leads a large USDA/NIFA-funded national consortium called “Sustainable Aquaculture Systems Supporting Atlantic Salmon” (SAS²) that aims at building capacity for the expanding land-based, RAS Atlantic salmon aquaculture in the U.S. Zohar has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and is the inventor of 10 issued international patents in aquaculture and biotechnology.

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