he Third National Aquaculture Extension Conference is scheduled for 711 April 2003 and will be hosted by the University of Arizona and the Western Regional Aquaculture Center at the Marriott University Park Hotel in Tucson, Arizona.
Conference sponsors include USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Services (CSREES) five Regional Aquaculture Centers, the National Sea Grant College Program, and the National Association of County Agriculture Agents (NACAA). This event has been held about every five years since 1992 and seeks to strengthen professional development and growth for all levels of experience and years of service in extension education. The conference program is aimed at organizations and individuals who have extension education and outreach responsibilities in the diverse disciplines associated with aquaculture: production, marketing, economics, risk management, processing, engineering, and public policy. Dr. Colien Hefferan, Administrator of CSREES, and Dr. Ron Baird, Director of the National Sea Grant College Program, will make keynote presentations.
The conference will focus on innovative techniques, current issues, and emerging technologies of interest to extension educators who work with diverse aquaculture clientele. The program includes two days of technical presentations, a full day for participation in several hands-on workshops, and a day devoted to field tours of various aquaculture operations and facilities in Arizona.
Participants are encouraged to submit an expanded abstract for all oral and poster presentations. The collected abstracts will be published as conference proceedings in a CD format.
A special area will be reserved for the display of posters and exchange of educational resource materials from the different states. The deadline for submission of the abstracts is 31 January 2003. Instructions to authors for the format and submission of abstracts can be found at the conference website (see below).
The conference registration fee is $100, which covers the cost of conference materials, several meals, and transportation for workshops and field visits.
For complete details on the conference including online registration, hotel reservations, program agenda, workshops, and more, visit: <http://aquacultureextension.org>.
For any additional information please contact the conference chair: