The Oregon Aquaculture Association in partnership with Oregon State University, National and Oregon Sea Grant, Business Oregon, and the US Department of Agriculture, will be hosting their first aquaculture development conference on Oct. 4-6, 2022, on the campus of Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon.
The Oregon and Pacific Northwest Aquaculture Development Conference is free and open to anyone with an interest in aquaculture from both the private and the public sectors; higher education; and industry, to participate in this collaborative event.
The aim of the conference is to evaluate the current situation, understand barriers to growth, and develop strategies to promote sustainable aquaculture development. Attendees will participate in interactive sessions with the expectation that collective input will help chart a path for expanded and responsible aquaculture investment.
Participants will leave the conference with a greater appreciation for the promise of aquaculture as well as a comprehensive understanding of the necessary challenges to overcome in realizing this promise. Additionally, participants will gain new aquaculture knowledge and an expanded personal aquaculture network.
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The Kurt Grinnell Scholarship Foundation is accepting scholarship applications. Applicants must be enrolled Tribal Members in the United States or enrolled Members of First Nations in Canada.
The Foundation intends to award a minimum of two scholarships, one in the U.S. and one in Canada, with scholarships awards in the range of $5,000 USD each. However, they may make larger awards where appropriate or make more than two scholarship awards. Scholarship applications for the fall of 2022 are due no later than September 1, 2022. Applications materials and instructions are available here: Scholarship • Kurt Grinnell Aquaculture Scholarship Foundation (kurtgrinnellscholarship.org).
Should you know of any deserving Tribal or First Nations students or prospective students who are studying or wish to study aquaculture or a closely related field that supports sustainable aquaculture, please share this information or make them aware of The Kurt Grinnell Aquaculture Scholarship Foundation program. Questions with respect to the applications should be sent via this email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kurt Grinnell Aquaculture Scholarship Foundation was created in honor of the late Kurt Grinnell, a Native American leader, who made many significant and meaningful contributions to Washington State's aquaculture industry. Scholarships are awarded to young persons interested in pursuing careers in aquaculture. Click here to donate to this worthy cause.
The Oregon Aquaculture Associaiton (OAA) has hired Michael Lee to be the association's new Outreach Officer.
OAA recognizes the need to further develop and expand outreach efforts to better represent OAA members and Oregon's aquaculture industry. As a result, the OAA Board of Directors established a new position within the association. The Outreach Officer will be responsible for the following duties and will lead OAA in engagement with members, industry, public, policy makers, and more.
The OAA Outreach Officer duties include (but are not limited to):
Lee has been a representative of the aquaculture industry since 2010. His past and current work includes similar administrative and outreach duties for the California Aquaculture Association (CAA) and the United States Trout Farmers Association (USTFA). Lee is also on the board of directors and outreach committee of the National Aquaculture Association (NAA).
Finding the Sweet Spot for Investment and Expansion [with Workshop Supplement], 2018, 20 pgs, summary of recommendations of the OAA Aquaculture Advisory Group including the results of the Stakeholder Workshop which was one of the primary resources when drafting these recommendations.
Considerations when strategically developing an innovative aqua farming program, a report of The Oregon Aquaculture Association & The Oregon Aquaculture Advisory Group, 2018, 45 pgs. This document is intended to help those crafting the plan for the State of Oregon’s aqua farming program. To assist in these efforts, the document is divided into four parts: Section I—outlining what some other states have done; Section II—laying the groundwork; Section III—describing possible plan elements; Section IV—presenting selected historical material. The outcome of the work is intended to promote the development of a network of profitable and sustainable aqua businesses across Oregon making a positive contribution to the state’s economy and to the livelihoods of Oregonians.
Final Report for the Business Oregon High Impact Opportunity Project: Development of the Oregon Aquaculture Explorer Platform
This document outlines the activities undertaken through the first phase of the Oregon Aquaculture Explorer Project. In June 2019, Business Oregon approved a grant to the Oregon Aquaculture Association to “develop the Oregon Aquaculture Explorer Platform.” The project, with partners from VertueLab and Oregon State University, was implemented from July 2019 through December 2021. Over the course of the project, the two principal outputs were achieved: design and piloting of the Aquaculture Explorer and, second, using this platform, assessing aquacultural opportunities with the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
n July 2019 OAA received a High Impact Opportunity Project (HIOPS) grant funded through Business Oregon to develop the “Oregon Aquaculture Explorer Platform.” The purpose of this 18-month support is to develop a set of web-based tools to assist investors, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders in navigating questions concerning investing in new or expanded sustainable aquaculture ventures.
A subset of OAA’s actions is channeled through the Oregon Aquaculture Network (OAN). OAN has grown out of the Oregon Aquaculture Advisory Group which, under OAA’s stewardship, crafted the blueprint for the Oregon aquaculture program: Stimulating Oregon Aquaculture: Finding the Sweet Spot for Investment and Expansion (October 2018).
Aquaponics is more than a growing trend. It is a burgeoning industry that is expanding all over the globe. This highly sustainable closed-loop ecosystem creates the optimum environment for fish and plants to thrive naturally. This growing technique grows pure, chemical free food free of pesticides and fertilizers. Using only 10% of the water that is required in conventional agriculture, aquaponics also uses less water than the aquaculture and hydroponic industries as there is no discharge or water exchanges required.
FivePine Lodge & Conference Center, Sisters, Oregon
Sponsored by: Oregon Aquaculture Association, OSU Extension Service, AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program
Co-Sponsored by: Desert Springs Trout Farm, Ewing Irrigation, Ghiglieri Gallery, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, USDA Rural Development