The 2006 Aquaculture Forum will be held in the Assembly Hall at the WVU Jackson's Mill Center for Lifelong Learning on Saturday, Jan. 21.

The aquaculture forum is designed to inform people about growing fish to eat, to watch, or to sell.

Each January, aquaculture enthusiasts from West Virginia and adjacent states gather for this event.

The day will consist of presentations on a variety of topics, a showcase of West Virginia aquaculture products, posters describing the latest aquaculture research, vendor booths, door prizes, a business meeting of the West Virginia Aquaculture Association, and an opportunity to meet and speak with fish folks from the region.

Participants will receive information on a wide variety of topics and learn about where to get fish, feed, supplies, and information about growing aquaculture products.

The program will open with the annual industry update. Learn about what has been happening in West Virginia Aquaculture during the past year.

Production of Arctic Char at West Virginia Aqua will be featured as well. Recent advances in aquaculture research will presented by the principal investigator of the Aquaculture Product and Market Development Project at West Virginia University.

Other presentations will feature setting up a water garden, enhancing your private pond or stream with trout, some tips on pond management, and culture of aquatic plants for ornamental and restoration markets.

During breaks, participants will have an opportunity to visit with speakers, vendors, and other meeting participants. Registration fees will include food showcasing West Virginia aquaculture products. Pre-registration is $10 per person and must be received by Jan. 14, 2006.

Registration will be accepted the day of the meeting but will increase in price to $20. Registration fee will be waived for members renewing WVAA membership in 2006.

Registration information is posted on the Web at   aquaculture

You may also contact your county WVU Extension Office or Becky Casteel at 304-293-6131, extension 4231 or Becky.Casteel@mail.wvu.edu

Walk-ins will also be taken at the door beginning at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m.

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