44th East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s & Aquaculture Trade Exposition
Roland E. Powell Convention Center
Ocean City, Maryland
January 12th-14th, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel (Ocean City)
6:30PM Cocktail Party
Open Bar Until 8PM
Tickets are $35
Friday, January 12
11AM to 5PM
Saturday, January 13
10AM to 5PM
Sunday, January 14
10AM to 3PM
Tickets are $15/day & $25/2-days
The East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s and Aquaculture Trade Expo is the only commercial fishing show produced in the Mid-Atlantic region. Each year thousands of commercial fishermen, charterboat captains, aquaculturists, scientists, educators and public from Maine to Florida enjoy the show.
We are looking forward to making Expo 2018 the best one to yet.
All of us at the Maryland Watermen’s Association look forward to seeing you in Ocean City, MD at the Expo January 12-14, 2018.
In case you missed last year’s show, here is an excellent snippet courtesy of David Kaltenbach of Kaltenbach Productions.
The Clarion Fontainebleau is the Headquarter Hotel for the 2018 Expo. It is also the site of the Maryland Watermen’s Association’s annual cocktail party, which will be held Friday, January 12, 2018.
Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel, 101st Street and Coastal Highway, single or double rooms available from $77/ night. Reservations: 800-638-2100
Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2501 Philadelphia Ave; Ocean City, MD 21842 Rooms available from $70/ night. Reservations: 410-289-5000. You can also book online: http://bit.ly/2yqvBBL
Hilton Suites Ocean City, 32nd Street and Oceanfront. Thurs: $99; Fri-Sat: $119; Sun: $99 Reservations: 410-289-6444
Holiday Inn, 67th and Oceanfront. Thurs: $49; Fri.–Sat: $69; Sun: $49. Reservations: 800-837-3588
Quality Inn Oceanfront, 54th Street and Oceanfront. Oceanfront efficiency rooms (kitchenette with full-size refrigerator). Rate: Fri. & Sat.: $89; Sun.: $64 Reservations: (410) 524-7200
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Program Team: Don Webster, Matt Parker, Karen Hudson and Bob Fisher
University of Maryland Extension
Virginia Marine Advisory Program, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Moderators: Don Webster and Matt Parker, University of Maryland Extension
11:00 Maryland Seafood Marketing Commission Activities
Ron Buckhalt, Maryland Department of Agriculture.
July 1, 2017 a new law transferred seafood marketing back to the Maryland Department of Agriculture from the Department of Natural Resources, along with the Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission. Learn about new marketing activities designed to advance the sale of Maryland seafood products to consumers here and internationally.
11:30 How Much Does Government Cost the Shellfish Industry?
Jonathan van Senten, Department of Agriculture Economics, Virginia Tech.
Just what is the cost of government regulation to shellfish aquaculture businesses? We’ll provide information from a study by the National Aquaculture Association on the burden of regulatory agencies on West Coast shellfish and its expansion to our region to better understand these costs on developing our industry.
12:00 Our Farm Is Underwater!
Shannon Hood, UMCES Horn Point Hatchery.
A Demonstration Oyster Farm was created to use many types of oyster culture gear. Information is routinely collected on equipment, labor and expenses and it is used for numerous workshops for growers interested in seeing how various culture methods might work for their farms. We’ll showcase gear used on the farm that in commercial production and others not yet used by Maryland's industry.
12:30 Tracking Harmful Algal Blooms
Kim Reece, Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
Harmful algal blooms are with us and present numerous problems for shellfish. Kim will provide an overview of the problem, with current and future potential problems to growers, as well as information on who is tracking them and what can be done by industry to assist.
1:00 Disease: Our Ever-present Problem
Ryan Carnegie, Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
As one of our greatest continuing problems in shellfish aquaculture, learn about the current status of MSX and Dermo, as well as the future outlook and what is being done to track and provide outreach to industry for planning. Disease monitoring and planning should be one of the principal areas of interest for all those raising or harvesting oysters in the Mid Atlantic.
1:30 Farm Bureau Representation for Aquaculture
Valerie Connelly, Maryland Farm Bureau.
Representation is important for an industry to monitor and affect policy, laws and regulations. The Maryland Farm Bureau has a long history working to increase farm income and improve quality of life by providing a legislative voice, increasing public understanding and promoting member involvement to reach their goals. Shellfish growers can join at the local county level and gain a ready voice to help them with their issues.
2:00 BMPs for Nutrient Reduction
Suzanne Bricker, NOAA and Matt Parker, University of Maryland Extension.
Update on the Maryland Expert Panel developing criteria for using oysters to satisfy BMPs for the Chesapeake Bay and potentially leading to nutrient trading credits for their use by shellfish farmers.
2:30 The Five W’s of the Maryland Seafood Cooperative (MDSC).
Bill Kiliniski and Greg Kemp, MDSC Board of Directors, Stephan Abel, ORP.
A discussion on What the MDSC is; Who it impacts; Where the MDSC operates; Why you should become a member and When you can sign up. Interested watermen can learn more about the newly formed Maryland Seafood Cooperative and what it could mean for you. Presented by the members of the Maryland Seafood Cooperative Board of Directors and Oyster Recovery Partnership staff.
Oyster Recovery Partnership
Boats & Harbor
Sea Gear Marine Supply
Maryland Watermen’s Association
C. E. Shepherd Co. LLC
New River Nets
Mid Shore Electonics
Jay Flemings Photography
Vane Brothers Marine
Lawrence Michael Murphy
Upper Bay Charter Captains
US Coast Guard, 5th District
Climate Technical Gear
OKIAYA Rod & Reels
MD E Reporting Program
Evan’s Boat Repair Inc
Atlantic Pressure Washers
North Bay Marina
Leaf Filter Gutter
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
NOAA Fisheries Services
Worcester County Health Department
NOAA Fisheries Observation Program
Lower Shore Health
Mary Lou Troutman
UMD Center of Environmental Science
Maryland Coastal Bays
Mack Boring & Parts Co
Hoopers Island Oyster
Preston Ford/Pittsville Motor
Commercial Van Solutions
Tohatsu America Corp
Kevin Marshall Welding
Capt. Bruce’s Crabbing Supplies
Blackway Boat Models
Great Lakes Fastening
Smithsonian Env. Research Ctr.
Multiparts & Services, Inc
Lee Fisher International
Delmarva Fluid Power
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Ballard Fish & Oyster Co.
Maryland Fur Trappers
Delmarva Bath LLC
Morgan State University PEARL
Oyster Seed Holdings, LLC
Thomas Crab Pots
Sea Foam Creations
Phillips Wharf Env. Center
Bell Power/John Deere Mariner
Edwards Marine & Son
Talbot County Watermen’s Association
Bottom’s Up Game Calls
Chesapeake Bay Model Boats
The Rope Locker
Red Coast USA
James Morris Crab Pots
Smith Island Skiffs
MD Department of Agriculture
American Blue Claw
Top photograph courtesy of Jay Fleming
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