Consumer demand is growing for domestic, locally produced aquaculture products. To meet this growing need, Purdue Extension and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) are hosting the Purdue Aquaculture and Sustainable Seafood (PASS) webinar series and workshop from August through September.

“The programs we have coming up are really looking to add value and enhance the existing aquaculture production that is going on here in the Midwest,” said Purdue University associate professor and food processing engineer Kevin Keener, who will be a webinar presenter. “It’s getting to the point where we have a lot of new ventures in aquaculture.”

Three webinars will take place in August. “Aquaculture Food Safety” will be held on Aug. 17, “Waste Utilization” will be held on Aug. 24, and “Aquaculture Production” will be held on Aug. 31. Each session is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The registration fee is $50 per live webinar session, or $100 to participate in all three sessions.

Each session is a 90-minute presentation, with 30 minutes allotted for a question-and-answer period. Questions can be submitted via text or by microphone. All webinars will be recorded and available for purchase for those unable to participate in the live presentation.

And for those who enjoy the webinars, a PASS aquaculture workshop will be held Sept. 29-30 in Anderson, Ind. The workshop will expand on the same issues as the webinars, but it also includes a tour of Bell Aquaculture, which is the nation’s largest yellow perch farm and is a world leader in sustainable aquaculture. A workshop discount will be available for those who participated in all three webinars.  
Kwamena Quagrainie, an aquaculture economics and marketing specialist with Purdue Extension and IISG, said the workshop will also feature a chef as a guest speaker.

“The chef will talk about what other products people in his profession are looking for and what types of recipes that they prepare,” he said, adding that he also believes the workshop will be a good place for fish producers and processors to meet and network.

Registration can be done at www.conf.purdue.edu/PASS. For more information, contact conference coordinator Kim Stockment at 765-494-7225 or kstockme@purdue.edu.