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
La Sells Stewart Center, Nash Hall Fish Pathology Labs, Salmon Disease Lab, Fish Performance Lab
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Sponsored by Oregon Aquaculture Association and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Fish pathologists provided three hours of instruction to eight licensed private fish propagators. Recommendations included ODFW services to the State and private hatcheries, parasite infestations and bacterial infections.
LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.
Sponsored by: Oregon Aquaculture Association and OSU Extension Service