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First-Ever Great Lake Aquaculture Day Oct. 10
Michigan Ag Connection - 09/25/2020

Get to know your local fish, fish farmers and all about aquaculture during the Great Lakes Aquaculture Day 2020 This interactive event is for all audiences, with local farmers, Extension and top chefs.

Aquaculture is the fastest growing sector of agriculture across the world and now accounts for more than 50% of the production of seafood in the world, surpassing production from wild-caught fisheries. However, in the United States the growth of aquaculture has been stagnant. Seafood supply from U.S.-based wild caught fisheries is not enough to meet nationwide demand. One result is a $14 billion seafood trade deficit.

The U.S. aquaculture industry has potential for growth, especially in the Great Lakes region where abundant inland freshwater resources have enabled a handful of state-based aquaculture operations to employ a local workforce and produce sustainable, healthy and tasty fish.

To showcase the region's potential for fish and seafood production, the Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative will host the first annual Sea Grant Great Lakes Aquaculture Day Oct. 10.

Aquaculture Day is free, open to the public but registration is required. Activities begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time with a cooking challenge demonstration.

The agenda will feature a variety of panel discussions and presentations on aquaculture. Presentations will be targeted at a variety of audiences, from beginning and current farmers to consumers interested in learning more about preparing and cooking seafood.

The event is hosted by the Sea Grant Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative, which is a project of Sea Grant programs across the Great Lakes region working to share resources and promote best practices throughout the aquaculture industry. Michigan Sea Grant, a program collaboration between Michigan State University Extension and the University of Michigan, is a part of the collaborative.

A cooking demonstration with Chef Jeff Igel, from the Wisconsin Technical College, followed by a cooking competition featuring three culinary students from the Great Lakes region will close out the day. Each student will be required to use a key ingredient and local aquaculture products in their creation. The Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative is currently accepting applications from post-secondary students for the competition and those chosen will receive a $250 stipend.

All event attendees will have opportunities to interact with other participants during the day and during breakout lunch gatherings.

For more information about the Sea Grant Great Lakes Aquaculture Day 2020 event and registration visit greatlakesseagrant.com/aquaculture or contact Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator Elliot Nelson, elliotne@msu.edu. For information about the Sea Grant Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative contact Minnesota Sea Grant Extension Educator Amy Schrank.


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