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FREE National Aquaculture Association (NAA) Webinars

Apr 17, 2013

Mark your calendar now to view two free webinars being presented by the National Aquaculture Association (NAA).  With funding from the United Soybean Board, the NAA will be hosting a series of webinars aimed at educating producers, educators, and culinary professionals about the practices and benefits of the domestic aquaculture industry and US farm-raised seafood.

“U.S. Farm-Raised Seafood and a Healthier America”

Although there is a growing body of evidence that consuming more seafood is essential to maintaining good health, annual average per capita seafood consumption in the United States dropped significantly in 2011.  The United States Department of Agriculture 2010 Dietary Guidelines strongly recommend two seafood meals per week and most other health-related organizations including the American Heart Association and the National Academy of Sciences have similar recommendations.  This advice holds true for people of all ages including pregnant women, young children, and older adults.  Yet, the average American eats less than half the recommended amount.

Most people are confused by farm-raised seafood products.  Do farm-raised products have the same nutritional benefits as wild harvest?  What are those benefits?  Is it safe for pregnant women to eat seafood?  What food safety regulations are in place to ensure the safety of the seafood supply?  What types of farming methods are used?  Is anything added to the fish?  How do I cook U.S. farm-raised fish and shellfish?  Is fish farming harmful to the environment?  Those are just a few of the questions that will be answered during this webinar.

Please join us at this free National Aquaculture Association “U.S. Farm-Raised Seafood and a Health America” webinar to learn more about the important health benefits of increased consumption of U.S. farm-raised seafood and share some tips about quick and easy healthy meals.

Date/Time:  Monday, April 29 – 5pm EST

Duration: 60 minutes

Registration Link: https://naa.ilinc.com/register/zsxprpy

Presenter: 

Linda ODierno has over 25 years of experience working with the fish and seafood industry and is currently the Outreach Specialist for the National Aquaculture Association. Prior to that, she served as Coordinator of Fish and Seafood Development for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and was a Regional Seafood Specialist with New York Sea Grant.

“Understanding Seafood Certification Programs”

The United States aquaculture industry is comprised mainly of small growers who face a variety of challenges in marketing their products.  With the recent proliferation of certification programs, the marketplace has become confused. Are certification programs worth the additional costs?  Do certification programs resonate with corporate buyers?  What about consumers?  How do certification programs measure up to U.S. regulatory standards for sustainability and food safety?

Although there is increasing interest in sourcing products locally, retail and foodservice buyers are concerned about projecting a sense of corporate responsibility, side-stepping controversy, and avoiding litigation while keeping prices low.  Many of those buyers have resorted to certification programs.  How can a small grower meet those challenges?

Please join us at this free National Aquaculture Association “Understanding Seafood Certification Programs” webinar to learn more about certification programs and how to position your products in the marketplace.

Date/Time:  Tuesday, April 30 – 11am EST

Duration:  60 minutes

Registration Link:  https://naa.ilinc.com/register/tptscyy

Presenters:

Dr. Carole Engle has M.S. and Ph.D degrees from Auburn University.  She is currently Director of Aquaculture and Fisheries Center at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff.  Carole is extremely well-respected as an authority in marketing farm-raised seafood products. She publishes and lectures extensively in the area of aquaculture economics and marketing.

Linda ODierno has over 25 years of experience working with the fish and seafood industry and is currently the Outreach Specialist for the National Aquaculture Association. Prior to that, she served as Coordinator of Fish and Seafood Development for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and was a Regional Seafood Specialist with New York Sea Grant.