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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. If you would like to find out more on past AIW conferences, please feel free to browse through the information below:

  • AIW 1: January 17-18, 2011; Shepherdstown, WV, USA
  • AIW 2: September 26-27, 2011; Campbell River, BC, Canada
  • AIW 3: May 15-16, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA
  • AIW 4: November 5-6, 2012; Comox, BC, Canada
  • AIW 5: September 4-6, 2013; Shepherdstown, WV, USA
  • AIW 6: October 27-28, 2014: Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • AIW 7: October 13-15, 2015; Shepherdstown, WV, USA
  • AIW 8: August 19-21, 2016; Roanoke, VA, USA
  • AIW 9: November 29-30, 2017; Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • AIW 10: December 4-6, 2018; Miami, FL, USA


The annual Aquaculture Innovation Workshop (AIW) is dedicated to the presentation of the latest developments in sustainable aquaculture. AIW participants come to discuss sustainable aquaculture seafood production and work to elevate an industry they feel passionately helps improve public health, protects the ocean and natural resources, and is economically viable. Leading representatives from all parts of the aquaculture seafood value chain attend the AIW, including investors, feed suppliers, producers, processors, retailers, chefs, and consumers.

Links: (blog) Five Takeaways form the 2018 Aquaculture Innovation Workshop

Check back for information on the 2019 AIW in April!
Click here to view downloadable content (presentations, etc.) from past workshops.








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Historic Shepherdstown is turn-restricted for trucks and tractor trailers. From Hagerstown, MD: 

  • South on Rt. 65 (Sharpsburg Pike, I-70, exit 29) to Sharpsburg
  • Right at stop sign onto Rt. 34. Cross Potomac River bridge to Shepherdstown.
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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.




By the Numbers:
Aquaculture provides over 50% of global seafood production.

The U.S. imports over 90% of edible seafood each year.

The U.S. is the largest market for Atlantic salmon worldwide yet we import 98% of Atlantic salmon.

The Freshwater Institute, a program of The Conservation Fund, focuses on the sustainability of the domestic seafood supply by providing solutions to enable the growth of environmentally-responsible aquaculture. Presently, demand for seafood can no longer be met by wild catch fisheries, leaving the increased demand to be supplied by aquaculture. Conventional aquaculture production of seafood cannot be significantly expanded without causing negative impacts on the environment. The Institute’s core competencies in aquaculture research, engineering and consulting, aquatic veterinary medicine, aquaculture husbandry and production, industry outreach, and water chemistry analysis are mobilized to address the current sustainability issues in the aquaculture industry.

Watch this video to find out more about the Freshwater Institute and how we are working towards a sustainable, local way to farm healthy fish that’s good for people, our economy and the environment.

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.