Upcoming OAA Events

OAA and ABC-2 Summer 2017 Workshop:

The Economics of Aquaculture and Aquaponics
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Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.
Ohio Department of Agriculture
8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg
$50 for OAA Members
- $75 for Non-members

To register, email your name, address and phone number to info@ohioaquaculture.org. You will then receive an invoice within 48 hours with a link to pay securely online via credit card or to mail in with payment.

The OAA presents Drs. Carole R. Engle and Jonathan van Senten, aquaculture economists, for a Workshop on aquaculture and aquaponic economics and marketing. There will be a variety of topics and will include PowerPoint presentations, Q & A opportunities, and group exercises. Dr. van Senten will also discuss Ohio’s baitfish and sportfish industry regulatory costs of compliance.

Between Carole and Jonathan, they have devoted over 45 years to the aquaculture industry. They both also have extensive experience developing and coordinating aquaculture economics workshops for farmers. Whether you’re interested in developing an economically sound business, need more experience in managing the day to day business, or just need to learn how to conduct an annual checkup for your farm’s financial health, there’s something for everyone.


Fall 2017 Workshop: Topic will be fish health. Check back soon for details.


2018 Ohio Aquaculture Conference
Friday-Saturday, January 27-28, 2018
Quest Conference Center

Presented by the Ohio Aquaculture Association, ABC-2 and the Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Registration will open in November. Check back for more details.


Past Events

Aquaponics Workshop Featuring Charlie Shultz

March 2017

PowerPoint Presentations will be posted soon.

2017 OAA-ABC Ohio Aquaculture Conference,
OAA Annual Meeting & Pre-Conference Workshop
Friday - Saturday, January 27-28, 2017
Quest Conference Center, Columbus

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Producers Working Cooperatively to Improve Profitability Workshop
Friday, January 27, 2017
Quest Conference Center, Columbus
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Introduction to Aquaculture and Aquaponics
Saturday, October 29, 2016
OSU South Centers, Piketon

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Ohio Aquaculture Conference
January 29-30, 2016
Quest Conference Center
Columbus, Ohio
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Selling Your Fish to Pond & Lake Management Companies Workshop
January 29, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Quest Conference Center

View presentation from presenter and OAA President Bill Lynch

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Selling Your Fish to Pond & Lake Management Companies
The Ohio Aquaculture Association (OAA) is pleased to invite you to attend a special workshop designed to enhance your ability to sell high quality, locally grown fish to pond & lake management companies for eventual stocking into Ohio’s large number of private ponds and lakes.  This workshop is in response to requests by these companies to increase the availability of Ohio grown fish for purchase as well as fish culturists looking for additional markets to sell their fish. 

Presently, the vast majority of fish stocked in Ohio private waters come from out-of-state, costing Ohio’s pond & lake management companies a considerable expense in shipping costs.  Purchasing Ohio grown fish for stocking will be a win-win scenario for both groups.  The workshop will provide information to attendees on:

  • Species and sizes of interest to pond & lake management companies based on a survey sent to such companies;
  • Expectations of both the companies purchasing fish as well expectations of the seller;
  • Understanding fish stress and the major causes of stress during harvesting, grading etc.;
  • BMP’s for minimizing stress and injury;
  • Infrastructure needs reduce stress and meet the purchaser’s expectations;
  • Effective communication strategies between purchasers and sellers.

Bill Lynch, OAA President and Owner of Millcreek Perch Farm LLC, will teach the workshop and enlighten attendees on how his yellow perch farm successfully sells various sizes of yellow perch to pond & lake management companies in Ohio as well as neighboring states.  Several of Ohio’s management companies will be present to participate in the presentations, provide their insight, answer questions, and network with growers over potential purchases in the upcoming year.

The three hour workshop will be held on Friday morning, January 29th, 2016 prior to the 2016 Ohio Aquaculture Conference at the Quest Center in Columbus, Ohio.  The workshop will start at 9:00 AM. The cost is $30 for OAA members and $50 for non-OAA members, and includes lunch.  Please note that attendance is limited to 80 individuals, so early registration is highly recommended.  Attendees can register for the workshop, the 2016 Ohio Aquaculture Conference, and join the OAA by going to the Association’s website, http://ohioaquaculture.org


Aquaponics Workshop

July 10-11, 2015
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Aquaculture Marketing & Processing Workshop

May 15-16, 2015
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OAA Annual Conference

Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2015, Columbus, Ohio
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Fish Farm Tour Oct. 10, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The OAA is co-sponsoring a fish farm tour that will depart Columbus and stop at four aquaculture facilities and an International grocery. Along the way you will see:

  • A small-scale urban indoor Tilapia system
  • Fresh Harvest Farm, one of Ohio's premier aquaponics facilities
  • Sugar Creek Fishery, specializing in breeding butterfly Koi and Blue Tilapia
  • Wendel Farms, one of Ohio's largest indoor recirculating facilities producing tilapia

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Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Workshop
Oct. 11, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Renowned recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) expert Steven Van Gorder will present this full-day workshop on RAS considerations and designs at OSU Newark Campus Hopewell Hall, Room HP 53 A/B, 1189 University Drive,  Newark, OH 43055. The cost to attend is $25 and registration is limited to the first 75 paid participants.

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2014 North Central Regional Aquaculture Conference
February 22-23, 2014, Toledo

View presentations from this sold-out conference presented by The North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) and the Aquaculture Associations of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

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2013 Annual Banquet & Workshops, February 8-9, Wooster

View presentations:

Friday Session I: Aquaculture Industry Updates
Aquaculture Trends from Around the World Chris Weeks North Central Region Aquaculture Center View
North Central Regional Aquaculture Center Update Bill Lynch Millcreek Perch Farms View
OSU Aquaculture Program Update Dr. Laura Tiu The Ohio State University View
Soy Aquaculture Alliance Dr. Steven Hart Soy Aquaculture Alliance View
Friday Session II: Aquaculture Industry Issues
Canadian Import Changes Dr. Steven Wilden APHIS View
Saturday Session I: Introductory
System Selection Estefania James OSU South Centers View
Species Selection Dr. Laura Tiu OSU South Centers View
Daily Management: Feeds & Feeding Doug Sweet ODNR View
Introduction to Aquaponics Barry Adler Rain Fresh Harvest View
Marketing Aquaculture Products Eric Barrett OSU Extension View
Saturday Session II: Recirculating Aquaculture
Marine Shrimp in RAS Russ Allen Allen's Shrimp Farm & Market View
Saturday Session III: Aquaculture Business
Business Planning Chris Smalley OSU South Centers View
Business Funding Colin Gordon Farm Credit Services View
The Business of Raising and Selling Paddlefish Renee Koerner Big Fish Farms View
Saturday Session IV: Production Challenges
Water Quality Management in Pond Culture Bill Lynch Millcreek Fish Farm View
Net Pen Culture in Ohio Quarries Dr. Dave Smith Freshwater Farms View
Fish Grading Jim Wagner Fox Country Farms View
Fingerling Production Dr. Laura Tiu OSU South Centers View


Workshop Agenda
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