Iowa Aquaculture Conference

The forecast for global seafood demand suggests Iowa’s fish and shrimp farmers can expect substantial growth and market development in the aquaculture industry.

By 2030, global seafood consumption will increase by 100-170 billion pounds, and nearly two-thirds will be farm raised instead of wild caught said experts at the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) 2017 Aquaculture Conference.

Over 250 farmers and entrepreneurs interested in tapping into this market attended the CSIF event co-sponsored by Iowa State University and the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center.

Because aquaculture is still an emerging livestock industry in Iowa, producers face many start-up challenges including access to feed, processing capacity and regulatory hurdles. The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers provides services that can help farmers understand the rules that apply to their fish or shrimp farm – all at no cost and completely confidential.


2019 Aquaculture Conference

Join us for the 2019 Aquaculture Conference in Ames, Iowa, on March 22-23! Hear from a dynamic group of speakers on business planning, and work hands-on with fish health and water quality workshops.

This program is brought to you by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, North Central Regional Aquaculture Center, The Ohio State University, University of Minnesota and Iowa State University.

A block of rooms have been reserved for March 22-23 at the Quality Inn & Suites – Starlite Village Conference Center
2601 E 13th St, Ames, IA 50010
(515) 232-9260

This conference and workshop are supported by grant No. 2014-38500-22138 through NCRAC and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded to The Ohio State University and University of Minnesota.



Introduction to Aquaculture

Joe Morris, Iowa State University

Everything you wanted to know about aquaculture, but were afraid to ask.

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The Business of Aquaculture

Carole Engle, Engle-Stone Aquatic$, LLC

Find out what the keys to economic success are in fish and shrimp production.

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Shrimp Production

Luke Roy, Auburn University

The history of shrimp production and tips for producers using bioflock.

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Best Management Practices for Aquaculture

Joe Morris, Iowa State University

BMP’s for fish and shrimp farmers using recirculating systems.

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Water Quality for Fish Farmers

Matt Smith, Ohio State University

Water quality challenges in recirculating systems and how to overcome them.

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Rules and Regulations Update

Brian Waddingham, Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers

Overview of the environmental rules and regulations that must be considered when starting a fish or shrimp farm.

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Permitting Aquaculture Facilities

Alan Johnson, Iowa DNR

An explanation of the permits needed to raise and sell fish and shrimp in Iowa.

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Fish Health

Alex Primus, University of Minnesota

Learn about the Pillars of Fish Health and the diseases, bacteria and viruses fish are susceptible to.

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The Power of Strong State Aquaculture Associations

Carole Engle, Engle-Stone Aquatic$, LLC

Why Iowa needs a strong Aquaculture Association and success stories from other states.

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National Aquaculture Association Update

Paul Zajicek, NAA Executive Director

What the NAA does for fish and shrimp farmers and why it’s important to be a member.

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Farmer Panel

Joe Sweeney, Eagles Catch

Julie Tegland, J & J Dry Dock Shrimp

Matt Clarken, VeroBlue Farms

Myron Kloubec, Kloubec Koi Farm

Fish and shrimp farmers share their experiences and offer insights on what they have learned.

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