RASTECH Magazine

Whether it’s raising fish juveniles, smolt or full harvest size, the RASTech 2023 Conference and Trade Fair covers the latest developments, innovations, and research in land-based fish farming.

Scheduled to be held from April 20-23 at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, in Florida, this year’s event is made up of three tracks – Business, Operation and Research – that will allow attendees to delve deeper into the many facets of the recirculating aquaculture industry.

Top industry experts and executives of the world’s leading aquaculture companies will be on-hand to discuss and share their experiences and knowledge. Day Three of the conference will involve a tour of the Evans Fish Farm. The 100-acre fish farm located in Pierson, Flo., is one of the first complete sturgeon aquaculture operations in the United States.


Among those lined-up as event speakers are:  Sylvia Wulf, CEO and president of AquaBounty Technologies; Yonathan Zohar, project director of RAS-N & SAS2, and presidential professor and chair of marine biology at the University of Maryland; Siri Tømmerås, commercial director, land-based, at AKVA Group; Yoav Dagan, partner and vice president of business development  at AquaMaof Technologies; Karl Øystein Øyehaug, CFO of Atlantic Sapphire; Chris Good, director of research at the Freshwater Institute; Tracy Navarro, president and general manager of Trader Hills Farm; and more.

“The RASTech Conference and Trade Fair is a one-stop-shop for the RAS community. This unique RAS event is a place for people to learn about the business, operations, and innovative research while networking with experts from around the world,” said David Kuhn, event co-organizer and founding partner of Virginia Tech.

Day 1 Keynote will include insights on “Lessons learned” from speakers Per Heggelund, consultant and investor owner of Nordic Partners LLC; Justin Henry, consultant at Henry Aquaculture Consult Inc., and chief technology officer of West Coast Salmon; Karl Øystein Øyhaug; and Sylvia Wulf.

Other sessions for this day will feature RASTech editor Jean Ko Din, who will moderate a series of sessions on “Creating a RAS Business Model;” Marianne Naess of Xcelerate Aqua discusses “Recruitment and talent management;” and Yonathan Zohar, will lead the RAS-N and SAS2 sessions.

On Day 2 Martin Gardner, president of Blue Ridge Aquaculture; Geno Evans, CEO of Evans Fish Farms; Eric Pederson, president and founder of Ideal Fish, will provide the keynote and speak on “The case for vertical integration.” Other speakers for this day include: Jaime Stein, co-founder of Devonian Capital, who heads off the Investors’ Forum; Kathleen Hartman and Bill Keleher discuss Fish health and welfare; Dianne Fletcher, communications specialist for Kingfish Maine, speaks about How to Build a Brand; and Huy Tran, senior biologist and co-owner of Aquatic Equipment & Design, will talk about aquaponics.

“Our trade show has grown from fifty to eighty exhibitor booths this year reflecting a real appetite from industry suppliers wanting to play their part in this expanding segment of aquaculture. It’s a great opportunity for attendees to check out all the latest RAS products and equipment options for their RAS project or existing operations. It’s like a one-stop-shop for RAS,” according to Jeremy Thain, RASTech associate publisher.

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