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Registration Open: North Carolina Aquaculture Gear Management and Storm Preparedness Workshop

February 22, 2021 — With support from NOAA’S Southeast and Caribbean Regional Collaboration Team (SECART), The NOAA Office of Response and Restoration’s Disaster Preparedness Program and Marine Debris Program are co-hosting a North Carolina Aquaculture Gear Management and Storm Preparedness workshop.

The workshop is also being sponsored by North Carolina Sea Grant, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, and the North Carolina Coastal Federation. 

 The virtual workshop will be held on Thursday, April 8, from 9am-1pm ET, and will bring together the shellfish aquaculture community to improve aquaculture gear management and storm preparedness throughout coastal North Carolina.  Click here to register for the workshop. 

During the workshop, participants will: 

  • Discuss the importance of environmental and community stewardship within the aquaculture industry 
  • Learn about practical gear management techniques and proper gear deployment and maintenance 
  • Discover the impacts of derelict gear and work being done to prevent loss and retrieve gear for farmers
  • Learn how to use NOAA National Weather Service products and forecasts to prepare aquaculture farms and businesses for different severe weather events
  • Learn how to develop a storm preparedness plan for a shellfish aquaculture farm or business in line with current state initiatives 

With funding from SECART, gear tags for in water aquaculture gear will be provided to shellfish farmers who attend the workshop. 

For more information, contact Charles.Grisafi@noaa.gov.

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Last updated Friday, February 19, 2021 5:42pm PST