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2003 Aquaculture Conference March 14-15 At Stevens Point

The tenth annual Wisconsin Aquaculture Conference, “Making Aquaculture Work for You,” will be held March 14-15 at the Holiday Inn, Stevens Point. For beginning and experienced aquaculturalists alike, the conference will provide an abundance of information with more than 30 speakers and 20 vendors.

Topics range from emerging species to fish health to how to start a fish farm, including hatching, hauling and processing. Participants will be invited to attend break-out sessions on a variety of practical subjects. A trade show and reception, meals, and farm tours following the conference are also featured.

Scheduled speakers include Gov. Jim Doyle (invited); Rod Nilsestuen, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; Scott Hassett, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Dr. Myron Kebus, state aquaculture veterinarian,; and Jim Held, research specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Aquaculture Program, among others.

Conference registration before March 3 is $105 per person ($110 for non-Wisconsin Aquaculture Association members), $50 for the spouse of an attendee, and $60 for students. After that date, the fee increases $10 per person. The daily rates are $60 for Friday and $50 for Saturday. The vendor fee of $350 includes reserved booth space with a table and chair, along with two passes to the conference. All of the fees include a continental breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, along with a reception Friday evening. Sponsors for the event are welcome.

More information about the conference is available by calling (608) 224-5137. For registration information contact CALS Outreach Services at (608) 263-1672 or register on-line . Conference updates are available at www.wisconsinaquaculture.com .