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Stakeholder Inputs on Priorities for Aquaculture for Program Cycle 2015-2019

On a five year cycle, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have organized the USDA Aquaculture Research and Extension stakeholder workshop.  In the past, the workshop has been held off-site and brought together 150-170 people across a broad spectrum of interested parties, including producers, industry supporting representatives, scientists from ARS and universities (research/extension), administrators, etc.  This year, in an effort to reduce the cost of the stakeholder workshops to USDA and to our stakeholders, and also to encourage participation from a broader group of people, most of the stakeholder workshops were held by web-conference.

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NOAA, USDA and the Plant Products in Aquafeed Working Group

August 1-3, 2011, Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Improving Productivity, Efficiency, Product Quality and Environmental Sustainability of Aquaculture Operations through Systematic Integration of Information and Knowledge

The workshop addressed how existing genomics and genetics approaches can best be used to improve aquaculture production and to identify gaps in knowledge and tools that need to be focused on for further advancements. We are particularly interested in phenotypes related to improving tolerance to alternative feedstuffs; and to nutritional genomics approaches that will lead to improved digestibility of aquafeeds.

To view the working group agenda (pdf; 0.2Mb): Agenda  

Characteristics, Traits, Phenotypes and Genotypes Presentation by Cunming Duan, Ph.D. (ppt; 10.5Mb)


USDA ARS/CSREES Aquaculture Stakeholder Workshop  April 15-17, 2008, Kansas City, Missouri

Purpose of the workshop: To listen to aquaculture producers and stakeholders regarding the areas they consider as critical problems or new opportunities that research can help to address. 

Expected Outcomes: A list of priorities for research, objectives and desired outcomes of this research, ideas and actions for approaching this research and plans/ideas for how the research will reach and benefit producers and other stakeholders through technology transfer and integrated research-extension approaches.

Click here for Agenda and Presentations