Dave Conley, ACG senior consultant, organized a special session called Aquaculture Pioneers: Life & times and lessons learned that took place on Friday March 2, 2012 at the Aquaculture America conference in Las Vegas. The session was comprised of 6 presentations, 5 of which were by well-known aquaculturists with careers spanning 30-45 years in the industry. Each presenter had 15 or 30 minutes to speak.
Being the afternoon of the last day of the conference, attendance was unusually high given that most delegates are normally busy checking out and catching planes back home. However, those that stayed and filled the conference room had the opportunity to listen to 5 interesting and thought-provoking talks by people that have participated in the growth of the US aquaculture industry over the last 50 years. The Q&A sessions were lively; many in the audience posed questions which the presenters responded to with insights from their personal experiences.
The presentation schedule is below; you can click on the presentation title to view a PDF version of the PowerPoint slides.
- 2:00 Claude E. Boyd – PROGRESS IN POND WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT
- 2:30 Clifford A. Goudey – REDUCING THE ENERGY REQUIREMENTS OF OFFSHORE AQUACULTURE
- 2:45 Dallas E. Weaver – AQUACULTURE PAST AND FUTURE
- 3:00 John Forster – LEARNING ALONG THE WAY
- 3:15 Q & A
- 3:30 BREAK
- 4:00 Rosalie Schnick – MY 45-YEAR PASSION FOR AQUACULTURE DRUG APPROVALS
- 4:30 May Myat Noe Lwin – MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AS A BURMESE WOMAN FARMER AND AS AN ENTREPRENEUR IN THE AQUACULTURE INDUSTRY IN THAILAND
- 5:00 Q & A
Although 5 of the 6 speakers had long and ground-breaking careers, it was the last speaker that captured the attention of everyone in the room. Ms May Myat Noe Lwin, a 34-year old Burmese female entrepreneur, told delegates how she had entered the aquaculture industry by accident and that in her 5 years as an aquaculture businesswoman had managed to overcome a long list of challenges to become the owner of an aquaculture equipment supply business in Yangon, Myanmar, and 3 farms and a seafood trading business in Ranong, Thailand.
The other presenters will be featured in future editions as part of an ongoing series edited by John Hargreaves, WAS magazine editor-in-chief.