University of Maryland Extension
Stakeholder Outreach Survey for the Mid-Atlantic’s Aquaculture Industry                        

Dear Members of the Mid-Atlantic Aquaculture Industry: 

We are reaching out to you on behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN). MACAN is a nexus of scientists, tribal, federal, and state agency representatives, resource managers, and industry partners who seek to coordinate and guide regional observing, research, and modeling of ocean and coastal acidification. One of our goals is to address research questions from industry members about changing ocean conditions.

As a member of the aquaculture industry in the Mid-Atlantic, we would like to hear from you! We would like to understand how you see coastal and ocean acidification affecting your business operations now or in the future. We’d also like to hear your thoughts about opportunities MACAN can provide to encourage participation in regional efforts to monitor for and adapt to coastal and ocean acidification.  By gaining a better understanding of industry concerns we hope to align future research priorities with industry needs and also connect industry partners with innovative technology and strategies for monitoring and adaptation.

Please help us in these efforts by participating in MACAN’s Stakeholder Outreach Survey.  

The survey can be accessed by clicking on this link: Aquaculture Industry Survey

It should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.  Your responses are voluntary and anonymous.

Please respond by June 14, 2019.

Thank you for your time. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact survey coordinators Kirstin Wakefield at or Grace Saba at  If you’d like to learn more about MACAN, please visit, or send an email to:

This survey is a collaborative effort with MACAN and Rutgers University. For more information, please contact Dr. Grace Saba, Assistant Professor, Center for Ocean Observing Leadership, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, 71 Dudley Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Email:

The 45th East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s & Aquaculture Trade Exposition was held in Ocean City, Maryland January 18th - 20th, 2019.  If you made it to the show but missed the seminar's or if you couldn't make it at all, below are the presentations given.  Seminar agenda and Speaker contact information also provided. Click the titles below to view.    

Seminar Program Agenda

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Tina Berger

Dealing with Hatcheries, Mike Congrove

Aquaculture and Fisheries: Shared Threats and Shared Opportunities, Bob Rheault

Maryland Shellfish Growers Network: How We Can Help You, Allison Colden

Virginia Fishery Resource Grant Program, Karen Hudson & Bob Fisher

Regulatory Effects on the Value of Shellfish Aquaculture, Jonathan van Senten, PhD & Carole R. Engle, PhD

Financing Fisheries and Aquaculture Business, Don Webster

Speaker Contact Information






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