Sea Grant-ers and Industry Specialists Invited for Spring 2016 Great Lakes Regional Seafood Workshop
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Limited registration is open for four-day regional workshop during which food and health educators, seafood professionals, and communicators will learn about aquaculture and fisheries technologies.

Event marked as first objective under a new three-year NOAA / Sea Grant "Aquaculture and Fish Technology" initiative that includes other training and education programs throughout the U.S.

Great Lakes Regional Aquaculture and Fish Tech 101 Workshop
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education Conference Center
161 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
May 9-12, 2016

Workshop goals: Those who attend the workshop will receive seafood quality and safety training to increase their technical knowledge and understanding of important global, national, and regional and local issues and developments related to seafood safety and human health.

Who should attend: The content in this workshop is geared toward food technologists, dieticians, nutritionists, extension agents, and seafood industry professionals. Restaurant managers, culinary professionals, journalists, and students are also welcome to attend the workshop. Information will be provided on current issues related to seafood, and developments and trends related to the commercial fishery and aquaculture industries and their products.

Because of tour limitations and seafood handling and preparation logistics, registration will be limited to 50 attendees.

What you will learn: This workshop will cover technical aspects of seafood health and safety from the water to the consumer. Seafood products from aquaculture and wild caught sources will be discussed in relation to nutrition, health benefits and risks, food safety, quality and handling, harvest and production methods, processing, seafood hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP), sourcing, distribution, and marketing. Besides national issues, the workshop will address topics of regional and local interest.

Formats will include classroom lectures/seminars, demonstrations and local tours of facilities that support the seafood industry.

Photo: Michigan Sea Grant

Where: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education Conference Center, 161 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203

Registration fee: $150 includes partial meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, session breaks, and welcome reception), tour transportation, and resource materials. Online registration is available at

Trainers: John Ewart and Doris Hicks, University of Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service. Additional invited speakers are included in the program for their industry and technical expertise to discuss local and Great Lakes regional issues.

Lodging: A list of downtown hotels in the vicinity of the UWM Conference Center is provided on the workshop website. Daily parking for the UWM School of Continuing Education is available in the adjacent Shops of Grand Avenue parking structure.

Sponsors: The University of Delaware Sea Grant, the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and the University Of Wisconsin Milwaukee School Of Freshwater Sciences.

For additional information about the 2016 Great Lakes workshop and program, contact John Ewart, Aquaculture and Fisheries Specialist, University of Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service. Phone: (302) 645-4060; Fax: (302) 645-4213; E-Mail:, or visit the workshop Web site at

New York Sea Grant Seafood Safety and Technology Specialist Michael Ciaramella at Braun's Seafood, where fishermen deliver fresh fish daily for tables in homes and restaurants from the East End of Long Island to New York City. Since coming to NYSG's office at Stony Brook University in August 2015, Ciaramella has completely revised the program's online seafood resources, which can be found at Photo: Barbara Branca/NYSG

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes offices at SUNY Buffalo, the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark and at SUNY Oswego.

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