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.”

“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.

A PASS aquaculture workshop will be held Sept. 29-30 in Anderson, Ind. It will expand on the webinar topics, but also include a tour of Bell Aquaculture, which is the nation’s largest yellow perch farm and is a world leader in sustainable aquaculture. The workshop will also feature a chef who will discuss fish products that restaurant professions are looking for and the types of recipes that they prepare.

A workshop discount will be available for those who participated in all three webinars. Register at www.conf.purdue.edu/PASS. For more information about the webinars and workshop, contact Kwamena Quagrainie, IISG aquaculture specialist.