Speakers

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Amy Riedel-Stone

Amy Riedel-Stone

Amy Stone has over 21 years of experience with designing, building and managing aquaculture and aquaponics greenhouses. She managed hatcheries, live feeds and grow-out for marine finfish as well as an aquaponics greenhouse that demonstrated several methods of culture for workshops. She worked at Aquatic Eco-systems for 14 years before opening her own company after AES was acquired. Her current focus is on business marketing and management as well as effective equipment selection.
Andrew J. Ray

Andrew J. Ray

Assistant Professor, Aquaculture Production, Aquaculture Research Center, Kentucky State University

Andrew J. Ray is an Assistant Professor of Aquaculture Production and leads the Aquaculture Production Sciences (APS) Group in the School of Aquaculture at Kentucky State University. His research focuses on the development of sustainable and profitable recirculating aquaculture systems and practices, mostly working with marine shrimp. Research and teaching topics include system design and management, filtration techniques, water quality dynamics, microbial ecology, artificial salt formulations, brackish-water aquaponics, product quality, sustainable feeds, denitrification, waste remediation, and using aquaculture to teach STEM principles in K-12 education.
Bjarne Hald Olsen

Bjarne Hald Olsen

Bjarne Hald Olsen is the managing director at Billund Aquakulturservice A/S in Denmark. His research interests include aquaculture, fisheries and marine systems.
Carole Engle

Carole Engle

Carole Engle is the Executive Editor of the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. She has devoted more than 35 years to aquaculture research, extension, and teaching. In addition to publishing more than 110 scientific articles, four books, and more than 80 extension publications, she has a combined 49 years of editorial experience, including serving as Editor-in-Chief of Aquaculture Economics and Management.
Craig Browdy

Craig Browdy

Craig Browdy is the director of research and development at Zeigler Bros., Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in aquaculture, managing commercial, academic and government research programs. A past president of the World Aquaculture Society, Browdy’s research has focused on the application of aquaculture technologies to improve availability of seafood resources.
David Kuhn

David Kuhn

David Kuhn is an associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech. He has a PhD in Civil Engineering and has served as a principal investigator on various research projects at several privately owned aquaculture facilities. His aquatic laboratories have a track record for excellent animal husbandry.
Dr. Nyan Taw

Dr. Nyan Taw

Senior Adviser, Myanmar Fisheries Federation

Dr. Nyan Taw earned a Ph.D. in Marine Biology at the University of Tasmania, Australia, in 1976 under Colombo Plan scholarship. He has been a consultant and aquaculture advisor to many governments and private enterprises in Southeast Asia and has been involved in aquaculture projects, such as JICA and ADB, in Myanmar.
Eric Pedersen

Eric Pedersen

Eric Pedersen is the President, CEO and founder of Ideal Fish, an aquaculture company located in Waterbury, CT that produces 175 tons annually of European Seabass (aka Branzino) in a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system. Ideal Fish raises its premium Branzino in saltwater and has developed an innovative process to raise freshwater produce in an aquaponics system that uses the by-products of fish production as nutrients for growing healthy, organic vegetables. Ideal Fish plans to expand significantly in the Waterbury region where the company can utilize the area’s robust industrial platform and easy access to major food markets across the northeast…
Huy Tran

Huy Tran

Huy Tran is an aquaculture and aquaponics expert with more than 20 years of experience. After graduating with a degree in agriculture/aquaculture from the University of Hawaii, Tran worked at and managed several area farms rearing shrimp and numerous marine and freshwater fish species. For nearly two decades, he was the sales and marketing officer at Aquatic Eco-System (AES). He currently owns the Apopka Aquaponic Farms, and consults/designs for many aquaponic and aquaculture facilities worldwide.
Ivar Warrer-Hansen

Ivar Warrer-Hansen

Ivar is Senior Advisor, RAS - Nordic Aqua Farms, and is a world renowned expert in Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technology, assessment of different RAS concepts for commercial viability and new potential fish species for RAS production.
Jaap van Rijn

Jaap van Rijn

Jaap van Rijn is a professor at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and currently heads the Department of Animal Sciences. With a degree and PhD in Oceanography, one of his areas of expertise is the microbial ecology of fish culture systems and water quality evaluation for aquaculture systems. Deeply involved in the global “green revolution” and efforts to address world hunger, van Rijn is developing important new means of raising fish in eco-friendly ponds, creating a high-protein food source that is grown through non-polluting means.
James J Flaherty

James J Flaherty

Jim is the President & CEO of Adsorptech, a supplier of oxygen production machinery. As the demand for oxygen increases with the ever-increasing RAS facility capacity requirements, the choices for oxygen sourcing increase with pros and cons for each that RAS designers and operators need to understand to achieve the best business case economics. With over 35 years designing, building and operating industrial gas production facilities around the world, Jim is uniquely positioned to provide insight into determining the most cost-effective and reliable source of oxygen.
John Davison

John Davison

Research Scientists, Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute

John Davidson is a Research Scientist at the Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where he has been employed for more than twenty years.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Alejandro Rojas

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Alejandro Rojas

Dr. Alejandro Rojas, COO of AquaBounty Farms.  Alejandro Rojas joined AquaBounty Technologies as the Chief Operating Officer of its AquaBounty Farms division in February 2014. He formerly was the Production and Technical Manager for Marine Harvest Chile for 12 years, from 1988 to 2000, and then a technical advisor and consultant for 14 years to numerous global aquaculture and biotech companies working with marine fish. Dr. Rojas is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Keynote Speaker: Sylvia Wulf

Keynote Speaker: Sylvia Wulf

Sylvia Wulf, President and CEO of AquaBounty. Sylvia Wulf was appointed an Executive Director, President and CEO of AquaBounty Technologies in January 2019. Previously, she was President of the Manufacturing Division and SVP of Merchandising for US Foods, a $23 billion broad line foodservice distributor with responsibility for the P&L of the $10 billion Meat, Seafood and Produce operations and the $1 billion Manufacturing Division of U.S. Foods.
Maddi Badiola

Maddi Badiola

Maddi Badiola is a principal at HTH Aqua Group, based in the U.S. and Spain. She specializes in RAS lifecycle and energy management assessments. With degrees in Agronomy and Aquacultural Engineering, Badiola focuses on the application of energy management and sustainable aquaculture practices.
Paul L. Hundley, Jr.

Paul L. Hundley, Jr.

Paul L. Hundley, Jr. is also a principal at HTH Aqua Group, specializing in aquaculture systems and facilities. With Mechanical and Ocean Engineering degrees, Hundley has more than 40 years of hydro-mechanical systems and facilities planning and design experience. He works with both marine and freshwater species in batch, flow-thru, recirculating and open water systems.
Scott Snyder

Scott Snyder

Scott Snyder is the nutritional technology manager at Zeigler Bros. He obtained his Ph.D. in Animal Physiology from the University of Idaho, and through his 20 years of industry experience he has been involved in diverse aquaculture projects throughout the U.S. and abroad, working on animal nutrition projects in Mexico, China, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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