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Upcoming events

    • 19 Jan 2021
    • 10:00 AM (AKST)
    • 22 Jan 2021
    • 3:00 PM (AKST)
    • Zoom

    Below is the draft of a more detailed conference agenda:



    Tuesday, January 19 - Welcome and Agency Presentations

    0:15:00 9:45 Bring your own coffee and test your connection
    0:10:00 10:00 AM Welcome Meta Mesdag, ASGA President
    0:40:00 10:10 AM Introductions: 2020 Successes and Challenges All participants introduction - share one success and one challenge
    0:10:00 10:50 AM Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association Update Margaret Pilaro, Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA)
    0:45:00 11:00 AM Business Dynamics of a Large WA State Shellfish Farm Dave Steele, Rock Point Oyster Co.
    0:15:00 11:45 AM 15 min Break (or Vendor Presentation)
    12:00 PM Discussions with Agencies
    0:30:00 12:00 PM DNR lease updates Karen Cougan, ADNR, Aquatic Farming Program Coordinator
    0:20:00 12:30 PM ADFG update Flip Pryor, ADFG, Aquaculture Section Chief
    0:20:00 12:50 PM ADEC food safety update Carol Brady, ADEC, Shellfish Permit Coordinator
    0:10:00 1:10 PM 10 min Break
    0:20:00 1:20 PM ISSC/FDA/Covid updates Kimberly Stryker, ADEC, Food Safety & Sanitation
    0:20:00 1:40 PM ADEC lab recommendations Matthew Forester, ADEC, Environmental Health Laboratory
    0:40:00 2:00 PM Shellfish Education Training Carol Brady & Kimberly Stryker, ADEC, Food Safety & Sanitation
    2:40 PM Adjourn

    Wed. January 20 - Promoting Mariculture and Research

    0:15:00 9:45 Bring your own coffee and test your connection
    10:00 AM Research and Updates
    0:30:00 10:00 AM PSI Research: Water Quality Monitoring Research Grant Update and COVID Impacts Bobbi Hudson, Pacific Shellfish Institute
    0:30:00 10:30 AM Communicating Ecosystem Services Margo Reveil, Jakolof Bay Oyster Co
    0:30:00 11:00 AM Governors Mariculture Task Force Update Julie Decker and Heather McCarty, Alaska Mariculture Task Force
    0:25:00 11:30 AM AK Sea Grant Mariculture Update Ginny Eckert, Alaska Sea Grant Director
    0:25:00 11:55 AM NOAA Alaska Mariculture Update Alicia Bishop, NMFS/NOAA, AK Regional Aquaculture Coordinator
    0:15:00 12:20 PM 15 min Break (or Vendor Presentation?)
    0:25:00 12:35 PM Alaska Ocean AcidificationUpdate Darcy Dugan, Alaska Ocean Acidification Network
    0:20:00 1:00 PM AFSC Mariculture Scientist Introduction Jordan Hollarsmith. NOAA AFSC Juneau
    0:20:00 1:20 PM Alaska Oyster Seed Project Riley Smith, AFDF and Eric Wyatt, Blue Starr Oyster Co.
    0:25:00 1:40 PM Mapping of PSP Cysts in SE AK Courtney Hart, UAF, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
    0:10:00 2:05 PM 10 min Break
    0:25:00 2:15 PM Machine Learning to Predict HABs in Southeast AK John Harley, Ph.D., UAS, Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center
    0:25:00 2:40 PM Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Fund Mariculture Proposal Workgroup Ginny Eckert and Melissa Good, Alaska Sea Grant
    3:05 PM Adjourn

    Thurs. January 21- Grower Roundtable

    0:15:00 9:45 AM Bring your own coffee and test your connection
    10:00 AM Grower Discussion Sessions and Sharing
    1:00:00 10:00 AM Cultivating Oyster Appreciation: Crafting Stories and Connections that Drive Market Perception and Demand
    Julie Qiu, Founder, In A Half Shell, and International Oyster Sommelier
    0:30:00 11:00 AM Processing for Retail Markets - How to Make Your Product Pop! Margo Reveil, Jakolof Bay Oyster Co
    0:30:00 11:30 AM Alaska Oysters in the Big Wide World - A Chef's Perspective Chef Rickie Perez, Logan Oyster Socials, Chicago, IL
    0:15:00 12:00 PM 15 min Break
    0:30:00 12:45 PM Alaska Sea Grant Virtual Spring Oyster Festival Melissa Good, Alaska Sea Grant
    0:30:00 12:15 PM Instagram: Tell Your Farm Story Jimmy Greeley, Tommaso Shellfish
    0:30:00 1:15 PM National Seaweed Hub update Melissa Good, Alaska Sea Grant
    0:30:00 1:45 PM Update: Kachemak Shellfish Growers Cooperative Sean Crosby, Kachemak Shellfish Growers Cooperative
    0:30:00 2:15 PM PCSGA Mixer, everyone welcome Connie Smith, PCSGA
    2:45 PM Adjourn

    Friday, January 22nd - ASGA Members only

    9:45 AM Bring your own coffee and test your connection
    Annual Meeting - ASGA Grower Members Only
    10:00 AM General 2020 Report
    • Summary of 2020 activities
    • Financial position
    • Member comments/ideas
    11:00 AM Lobbying focus for 2021
    • HB41: ASMI, Lease Renewals,Expanding Lease Activities
    Defending PSP Funding: How do we communicate industry impact
    • Communicating Ecosystem services contribution to legislators
    • Communicating Economic contribution of Mariculture to legislators environmentalists and communities current vs. potential
    • Communicating cost to farmers (lease, permits, cleanup of aging infrastructure, testing)
    11:30 AM Matters for Discussion
    • Shellfish and Kelp Growers? Bylaws change?
    • Elections
    • Internship/Training Program
    • Research Priorities and Actions Bobbi Hudson, Pacific Shellfish Institute (PSI)
    • Actions from MTF recommendations
    • Membership Development

Past events

23 Jan 2020 2020 ASGA Annual Conference
6 Dec 2018 2018 Annual Conference


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