44th East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s & Aquaculture Trade Exposition

Roland E. Powell Convention Center

Ocean City, Maryland

January 12th-14th, 2018

Cocktail Party

Friday, January 12, 2018

Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel (Ocean City)

6:30PM Cocktail Party

7:15PM Auction

Open Bar Until 8PM

Tickets are $35

Show Hours

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.


Hotel Accommodations

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


Seminar Schedule

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.


3:00 Adjourn

Exhibitor List

Oyster Recovery Partnership

RCI Technologies

Boats & Harbor

Grundens USA

Sea Gear Marine Supply

Guy Cotten

Maryland Watermen’s Association

CoFish International

C. E. Shepherd Co. LLC

New River Nets

Mid Shore Electonics

Enovative Technologies

Hogans Agency

Jay Flemings Photography

Victory Packaging

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

Hercules LLC

Evan’s Boat Repair Inc

Atlantic Pressure Washers

North Bay Marina

Leaf Filter Gutter

National Fisherman

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Rose Marine

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

Miller’s Marine

Mack Boring & Parts Co

Telesto Jewelers

Hoopers Island Oyster

Aquaculture Co.

Danny’s Marine

Preston Ford/Pittsville Motor


Seaworthy Marine

Commercial Van Solutions

Chesapeake Cowboys

Short’s Marine

Tohatsu America Corp

Kevin Marshall Welding

Capt. Bruce’s Crabbing Supplies

Thermo King

Blackway Boat Models

Ketchum Supply

Great Lakes Fastening

Smithsonian Env. Research Ctr.

Goldsborough Marine

Multiparts & Services, Inc

Flexabar Corp.

Lee Fisher International

Sherwin Williams

Delmarva Fluid Power

Crabi Gras

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

Kastel Brothers

The Rope Locker

Red Coast USA

James Morris Crab Pots

Smith Island Skiffs

MD Department of Agriculture

Kaltenbach Productions

American Blue Claw

For Vendors:

 If you are a business interested in exhibiting at our show, please check out our exhibitor brochure. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 410-216-6610 or info@marylandwatermen.com

Top photograph courtesy of Jay Fleming

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