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Tap Prypr and John Bullard
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Tap Pryor (left) speaks with NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator John Bullard at a luncheon during the NACE-MAS joint aquaculture conference. In 1966 Pryor was named by President Lyndon Johnson as one of eleven members of the President's Commission of Marine Sciences, Engineering and Conservation. Known as the "Stratton Commission" after its chairman, Julius Stratton, the group recommended the creation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Photo credit: Tony Barrett, Acadia Harvest.
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Mike Rubino, director of the NOAA Aquaculture Office, shared some thoughts at a luncheon during the joint meeting, which attracted an estimated 600 attendees. Photo credit: Tony Barrett, Acadia Harvest.

February 11, 2015
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

Joint Aquaculture Meeting in Portland Attracts Large Crowd

An estimated 600 people attended the 35th Milford Aquaculture Seminar (MAS), held in conjunction with the Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition (NACE) January 14-16, 2015 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine.  By all measures it was a wildly successful meeting with 515 attendees, approximately 70 of whom were students.

Several external but related workshops were held prior to the opening reception, including the first Maine Research and Development Forum and a workshop on recirculating aquaculture system technology.  If those individuals are counted as participants, the attendee list grows to approximately 600.   

With the theme, “Bridging the Gulf in a Changing Environment,” the NACE-MAS meeting brought together industry producers, resource managers, researchers and students.  Four field trips to local aquaculture-related venues were offered on Wednesday morning, followed by the opening reception Wednesday evening. An opening panel discussion Thursday morning highlighted aquaculture successes and struggles in different states and Canadian Provinces ranging from Nova Scotia to Virginia.  Five concurrent sessions and/or workshops were offered all day Thursday and Friday, a trade show featured 33 vendors, and there were special guest speakers at lunch both days. 

Luncheon speakers were John Bullard, regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO), and Barton Seaver, a chef, author and director of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health. Seaver is also a National Geographic Fellow and the first Sustainability Fellow in residence at the New England Aquarium.

Twenty-three NEFSC, GARFO and NOAA Fisheries headquarters staff attended the meeting, with presentations and/or posters given by 11 Milford Laboratory staff.

The next meeting of the Milford Aquaculture Seminar will be held during the winter of 2016 back in Connecticut.  The MAS plans to hold a joint meeting with the Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition every other year; the next joint meeting will be held during the winter of 2017.  Lisa Milke and Walter Blogoslawski from the NEFSC’s Milford Laboratory served on the NACE-MAS Planning Committee.

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