October 14, 2015|By Ross Feldman

2017 Aquaculture Innovation Workshop

AIW 2017 c Dagny Leonard2017 Aquaculture Innovation Workshop.More than 180 people representing 10 countries gathered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nov. 29-30 for The Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute’s 2017 Aquaculture Innovation Workshop (AIW).

The annual summit  brought together stakeholders from all facets of the RAS industry, including producers, investors, researchers and suppliers to discuss recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) technology and industry trends. Topics included investment and the economics of land-based aquaculture, industry innovations in closed-containment systems, effective market messages, the latest technology and husbandry research, the newest entrances into land-based growout, and much more.

View presentations from the 2017 AIW below.

Day 1 Presentations

Opening Remarks
Eric Patel, advisor to Tides Canada

"Deep dive into land-based farming: prospects for non-conventional farming"
Tone Bjørstad Hanstad, DNB Markets

"Investment and Economics of Land-based Aquaculture: 3000 MT/yr model"

Gary Robinson, GRV Consulting

"Risk and return in land-based salmon aquaculture"
Jon Fitzgerald, Stope Capital Advisors

"New approaches to closed-containment at Marine Harvest" 

Trond Rosten, Marine Harvest

"The business proposition for land-based production of post-smolt at Grieg Seafood"
Frode Mathisen, Grieg Seafood

"Steelhead production in Agrimarine tanks at Lois Lake"
Sean Wilton, AgriMarine Holdings

"Kuterra's land-based Atlantic salmon RAS project"
Garry Ullstrom and Eric Hobson, Kuterra

"Sustainable Blue's land-based Atlantic salmon RAS project"
Kirk Havercroft, Sustainable Blue

"Golden Eagle Aquaculture's land-based coho salmon RAS project"
Terry Brooks, Golden Eagle Aquaculture

"Northern Divine's land-based sturgeon RAS project"
Justin Henry, Henry Aquaculture Consult, Inc. 

"Hudson Valley Fish Farm's land-based steelhead RAS"
Samuel Chen, Hudson Valley Fish Farm

"1st Commercial land-based Atlantic salmon farm in the USA, also includes leafy greens"
Brandon Gottsacker, Superior Fresh

"Atlantic Sapphire in Denmark and the USA"
Johan Andreassen, Atlantic Sapphire

"Compelling market messaging, key learning from the marketplace"
Guy Dean, Albion Farm and Fish

"Sustainability and seafood marketing"
Jen Paragallo, Fishpeople Seafood

"Sustainability matters when marketing farmed salmon"
Damien Claire, Atlantic Sapphire

Day 2 Presentations

"The effect of salinity and photoperiod on Atlantic and coho salmon growth, maturation and physiological performance in RAS (24 h and 12:12)"
Colin Brauner, University of British Columbia

"Overview of CtrlAQUA research to optimize RAS for Atlantic salmon post-smolt production"
Lill-Heidi Johansen, Nofima

"Overview of CtrlAQUA research in post-smolt welfare, performance, and water quality in commercial scale, floating, semi-closed containment systems: CtrAQUA Preline, Neptune and Eco-Cage"
Sigurd Handeland, Uni Research

"Post-smolt welfare, performance, and water quality in commercial scale, floating,semi-closed containment systems: CtrlAQUA Flexibag and concrete"
Jelena Kolarevic, Nofima

"Performance of all-female Atlantic salmon in freshwater closed-containment systems"
Steven Summerfelt, The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute

"Health and performance of Atlantic salmon post-smolt when using novel production protocols"
Trine Ytrestøyl, Nofima

"CO2 tolerance of Atlantic salmon post-smolts in RAS"
Vasco Mota, Nofima

"Effects of photoperiod on Atlantic salmon post-smolt in freshwater closed-containment systems"
Chris Good, The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute

"Production of reproductively sterile fish to eliminate maturation"
Yonathan Zohar, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

"Effects of seawater quality on treatment of intake water for use in closed-containment aquaculture systems"
Astrid Buran Holan, Nofima (now with Aqua Optima)

"Is continuous peracetic acid dosing in RAS really as good as ozone?"
John Davidson, The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute

"Optimizing Atlantic salmon and steelhead/trout feeds for closed-containment systems"
Roar Sandvik, Skretting

"Challenging the status quo: a farmer's perspective on feed ingredients"
Jason Mann, Evaqua Farms

"Progressive improvements in salmon RAS design"
KC Hosler, Pentair AES

"Progressive improvements in salmon RAS design"
Frederic Gaumet, Kruger/Kaldness/Veolia

"Challenging the status quo...but what about residuals?"
Lars Rohold, Scanship AS

Closing Keynote: "Applying lessons learned from the natural food industry"
Fred Haberman, Urban Organics

View all 2017 AIW videos here
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October 14, 2015|By Ross Feldman

The annual Aquaculture Innovation Workshop (AIW) is dedicated to the discussion and presentation of the latest developments in aquaculture technology. The workshop aims to further the vision of sustainable aquaculture and foster innovation in the field. Over two days, a multitude of speakers present their insights, experimental findings, and general commentary on the industry. 

2016's AIW will be held concurrently with Virginia Tech's International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture (ICRA) at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, VA. If you would like to find out more on past AIW conferences, please feel free to browse through the information below. Chronologically, the seven past AIW conferences were:

  • AIW 1: January 17th-18th, 2011; Shepherdstown, WV, USA
  • AIW 2: September 26th-27th, 2011; Campbell River, BC, CA
  • AIW 3: May 15th-May 16th, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA
  • AIW 4: November 5th-November 6th, 2012; Comox, BC, CA
  • AIW 5: September 4th-September 6th, 2013; Shepherdstown, WV, USA
  • AIW 6: October 27th-October 28th, 2014: Vancouver, BC, CA
  • AIW 7: October 13th-October 15th, 2015; Shepherdstown, WV, USA
  • AIW 8: August 19th-August 21st, 2016; Roanoke, VA, USA
  • AIW 9: November 29-30, 2017; Vancouver, BC, CA


The Aquaculture Innovation Workshop series is a product of the Tides Canada Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund with collaborative and financial support from the following partners:

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December 31, 2014|By Ross Feldman

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December 31, 2014|By Ross Feldman
For nearly three decades, the Freshwater Institute has specialized in the research and design of aquaculture systems technology, as well as solutions to the water quality constraints and impacts presented by our farms and communities. Through our numerous publications, both in science and industry, we share our progress and research findings in order to support our complimentary goals of environmental sustainability, human health and economic vitality.




Featured Publication 

Learn about the research and development going on at Freshwater Institute in our recent piece in Aquaculture Magazine (p. 32).

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December 31, 2014|By Ross Feldman
By the Numbers:
Salmon is the most traded seafood in the world (outpacing tuna and shrimp).

Value: One 10-pound farmed salmon was recently worth more than one 300 pound barrel of crude oil.

Aquaculture today provides 50% of global seafood production.
The mission of The Conservation Fund has always included land and water conservation.  Through the Freshwater Institute program that water element sharpens to focus through science, technology and consultation.

By 2050 we are challenged to double the global food supply.  The Freshwater Institute specializes in the production technology and design of aquaculture systems; and in solutions to the water quality constraints and impacts presented by our farms and communities.  We share what we learn through science publication and targeted workshops.  We partner with clients to achieve the complementary goals of environmental sustainability, human health and economic vitality.

Watch this video to find out how recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) technology provides a sustainable, local way to farm healthy fish that’s good for people, our economy and the environment.

*Please stay tuned for information on our 2018 Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) courses.* 

December 31, 2014|By Ross Feldman
The Freshwater Institute is an internationally recognized program of The Conservation Fund. For more than two decades, we have been one of the nation’s premier research and development facilities dedicated to sustainable water use and reuse.

As part of the The Conservation Fund, the Freshwater Institute embraces its dual-purpose mission to promote economic development and environmental protection.  We focus on water as a natural resource asset important to ecological function, cultural heritage and economic opportunity.

From our campus in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, we combine applied research, engineering and economic development skills to show how freshwater resources achieve economic and environmental goals.

We work with government, industry, nonprofits and individuals to shape sustainable, environmentally responsible solutions to water resource management.  Our team is known for academic productivity, professional leadership and consulting creativity.