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University of California
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2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

067 Aquaculture Specialist

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Animal Science, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

California - statewide


Associated Documents



Aquaculture is becoming an increasingly important component of the agricultural enterprise and at present the entire statewide industry is served by one Extension Specialist. Clearly there is a great need for additional resources to be put into this area given the increasing demand for fish and seafood products. As a Department of Animal Science faculty member I am very supportive of this position and strongly recommend that such a position is released for recruitment this year.
Posted Jun 6, 2014 1:41 PM by Jim MUrray
There is a lot of hype on RAS fr aquaculture n unless one that can be done 100% zero dependency on the availability of seawater. I have a system that can be manufactured (modular) and unique very mobile that can handle 5 up to 10M ton salt water fr shrimp cultivation.

Posted Jul 21, 2014 6:18 AM by Willie Teo
On behalf of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Tolima, I fully support the new Aquaculture Specialist position.

Dr. Ever Edrey Hernández
University of Tolima (UT), Colombia
Ecophysiology and ontogeny of freshwater fish
Posted Jul 21, 2014 7:46 AM by Ever Edrey Hernández Cuadrado
I strongly support this proposal; I have experienced vastly increasing demand for education, outreach, and applied research in the area of aquacultural endeavors in the SF Bay Area. This knowledge area is slightly outside that of UCCE's newly-solidified Urban Agriculture program and will remain uncovered without this proposed new hire. All projections call for increased aquacultural production as California's population grows and conventional agricultural production becomes limited by natural resources (water). Increases in production and associated CE needs are already being realized in my urban area of coverage.
Posted Jun 10, 2014 11:36 AM by Andrew Sutherland
On behalf of the California Aquaculture Association, I fully support the new Aquaculture Specialist position. As Fred Conte, PhD may retire in the coming years, establishing this position now is essential in order to allow for overlap training and to ensure that no gap in this position occurs.

Fish consumption and demand is increasing significantly on an international scale. The public is becoming more and more aware of the health benefits of eating fish and our responsibility to find better ways to supply this fish in order to protect our delicate oceans’ ecosystems. Also, as feed conversion ratios for fish are far superior to those of many other proteins, aquaculture will continue to be essential in feeding our world’s population.

As aquaculture is thriving, and will continue to thrive worldwide, California’s aquaculture industry must continue to grow and gain momentum. The Aquaculture Specialist position will assist in this need and will help to further establish and develop a more sustainable and environmentally conscious aquaculture industry. By serving on the Aquaculture Development Committee, the Aquaculture Specialist will also serve as a conduit between growers, researchers, and regulators.

In summary, the California Aquaculture Association fully supports the Aquaculture Specialist position. Please direct any questions to us at

Thank you,

Michael Lee, Executive Director
California Aquaculture Association
Posted Jun 23, 2014 12:41 PM by Michael Lee, Executive Director, California Aquaculture Association
As a 20 year aquaculture veteran and aquaculture educator, I fully support the continuation of the aquaculture specialist position. Aquaculture is finally starting to blossom, in California right now, we have the first offshore shellfish farm being built. Aquaponics is booming with thousands of people in California seeing the benefits of farm raised fish in their own backyards. In order to meet the demand for direction and for the state to regulate this industry and keep it safe, we need to put as many knowledgeable people in place to coordinate this massive revolution to end our reliance on wild caught protein and become a civilized nation to raise our own food. I fully support this position.
Posted Jun 24, 2014 8:09 AM by Nancy Caruso
I support the continuation of the aquaculture specialist position as it will facilitate links between growers and researchers in UC to stimulate research that supports aquaculture. I urge you to continually progress aquaculture research to meet sustainability expectations and environmental concerns.
Posted Jun 24, 2014 8:51 AM by Eric Schmidt
i support aquaculture specialist position
Posted Jun 24, 2014 11:23 AM by eman
Given the increasing volatility of the climate and associated reductions in available fresh water, the ability to raise food using minimal water resources will become increasingly important.

Aquaponics, which integrates aquaculture with soil-less plant production, provides the promise of producing fish and plants together using less water than would be required to produce fish and plants separately, even using the most water-efficient methods available.

Given the importance of California in food production and the projected continuation of reduced water resources, it is inevitable that aquaponics will become more important. This will demand a commensurate increase in importance for support of the California aquaculture industry.

We were pleased to see that "Potential areas of research [for the aquaculture specialist] may include, but are not limited to: recycle systems including aquaponics and effluents for hydroponics..." We strongly endorse this focus, as we believe it will become an increasingly important segment of California's food production industry.


Meg Stout
The Aquaponics Association
Posted Jun 24, 2014 11:27 AM by Meg Stout, Chairman, The Aquaponics Association
Dr. Fred Conte has been a valued consultant and an extremely important voice to the Aquaculture Industry in California. Aquaculture will need a ready and able replacement to step into the shoes of Dr. Conte when he decides to retire. Aquaculture in California would not be where it is today or poised for the future demand for healthy and sustainable live fish and seafood, without the tutelage and support Dr. Conte has provided over his long association with the Industry.

I support this effort to continue the aquaculture specialist position and feel it is extremely important to make this placement prior to Dr. Conte’s retirement so that he can have a hand it selecting the proper applicant.

Thank you,
Craig Elliott
Imperial Catfish
California Association for Recreational Fishing (CARF)
California Sportfishing League (CSL)
Posted Jun 24, 2014 11:55 AM by Craig Elliott - Imperial Catfish
Dr. Fred Conte has been a valued consultant and an extremely important voice to the Aquaculture Industry in California. Aquaculture will need a ready and able replacement to step into the shoes of Dr. Conte when he decides to retire. Aquaculture in California would not be where it is today or poised for the future demand for healthy and sustainable live fish and seafood, without the tutelage and support Dr. Conte has provided over his long association with the Industry.

I support this effort to continue the aquaculture specialist position and feel it is extremely important to make this placement prior to Dr. Conte’s retirement so that he can have a hand it selecting the proper applicant.

Thank you,
Craig Elliott
Imperial Catfish
California Association for Recreational Fishing (CARF)
California Sportfishing League (CSL)
Posted Jun 24, 2014 12:01 PM by Craig Elliott - Imperial Catfish
When you look at the future, it is very clear that aquaculture will continue to grow, on a world wide basis, as the seafood demand continues to increase with the increasing wealth of the world. The wild fisheries are a maxed-out resource that can’t supply any increasing demand.

At the same time, the world is facing 3 billion more people to feed along with an existing 2 billion who want more meat/seafood in their diets. Fish/shrimp don’t have to stand up or keep warm, which can allow better food conversions from “feed stuffs” to meat than can be achieved with warm blooded animals wasting energy on staying warm and extra structural (non-edible) materials on standing up. This conversion efficiency improvement can allow the world to supply the increasing meat/seafood demand without converting the last of the land area to agriculture.

If we want California to be part of this growing industry, we have the science, the talent and some of the best resources in the world. Studies have shown that So. California bight alone could support a multi-billion dollar offshore aquaculture industry with tens of thousands of jobs, without significant environmental impacts. We don’t have hurricanes or the nasty North Pacific storms combined with huge currents that are making the nutrient discharges from 20 million people disappear without eutrophication or significant environmental impacts past the discharge points.

The person who will ultimately step into the large boots of Dr. Conte should have some history with off-shore aquaculture and regulatory arenas. Allowing several years of overlap would allow significant transfer of the institutional knowledge built up by Dr. Conte over the years. This continuity is critical as the timing and economic window requires action now. If we wait too long, the technology leadership will be lost along with the business and jobs. The world wide aquaculture industry is moving much faster than bureaucratic speeds.

Posted Jun 24, 2014 1:46 PM by Dallas Weaver, Ph.D.
On behalf of the China Aquacultural Engineering Society(CAES), I fully support the new Aquaculture Specialist position.
Posted Jun 24, 2014 5:23 PM by LIU Ying
I strongly support this position. As a research faculty in the Department of Animal Science, an Aquaculture CE Specialist will definitely help me to work more closely with the aquaculture industry. This CE Specialist will help me to identify the problems and the industrial collaborators that are interested in working with me to address these problems.
Posted Jun 24, 2014 5:29 PM by Silas Hung
As an associate professor in field of aquaculture, I strongly support this position in University of California, Davis, which has strong background in fish and shellfish culture in terms of teaching and researching.
Posted Jun 24, 2014 9:27 PM by Bahram Falahatkar
The continued growth of sustainable aquaculture in California is essential for U.S. food security, environmental stewardship and not least important, economic development. A key component of this growth would be securing a new CE Aquaculture Specialist Position. California will lead the way to a new vibrancy in U.S. Aquaculture.
Posted Jun 25, 2014 12:52 PM by Brian L. Nerrie, Ph.D.
My experience as partner and co-operator of Monterey Abalone Company, and as a former director of the California Aquaculture Association has impressed on me the beneficial and essential nature of the CE Aquaculture Specialist position for the aquaculture industry and its functional relationships with the many granting and regulatory agencies. The Aquaculture Specialist has represents the industry on more panels than I can remember the names of, and is the go-to person for any industry member or CAA director who needs help understanding the complex inter-relationships between agencies.

Farmers, especially new ones (that are often most vulnerable) and CAA have also relied heavily on the CE for counsel regarding political and public relations issues. The CE will be essential to help lead the California aquaculture industry in what appears to be an era of growth in sustainable production.

My business partner, Trevor Fay, and I fully support the proposed plan to search for and hire Dr. Conte's eventual replacement before his retirement.
Posted Jun 30, 2014 11:47 AM by Art Seavey - Monterey Abalone Company
I have been involved in the growth of aquaculture in California, as a producer, for over 35 years. Key to aquaculture growth is information related to husbandry, research, marketing and public/private interfacing. This position will assist in furthering a vibrant sustainable sector of the agricultural community capable of large economic gains, and providing clean safe products for the public. I support the new CE Aquaculture Specialist Position.
Posted Jun 30, 2014 12:36 PM by Tony Vaught
I am a faculty member in the Department of Animal Science, and am strongly supportive of this position. I currently serve on a National Academy of Sciences committee on global animal science research and technology transfer, and the potential for aquaculture to help ensure future food security needs sustainably is obvious. There is a growing body of research in this area and a need to continue to transfer research findings and technologies to the aquaculture industry to facilitate its growth in California.
Posted Jul 1, 2014 10:06 PM by Joy Mench
I am in support of the continuation of the Aquaculture Specialist position. Following in Dr. Conte's shoes will not be easy. A connection between growers, potential growers and research at U.C. is very important in helping the growth and sustainability of aquaculture in California. California has the potential of one of the top aquaculture producing areas in the United States.
Posted Jul 3, 2014 11:16 AM by Bill Engler, Pacific Aqua Farms
As a research scientist involved in aquaculture in CA for over 25 years, I am in full support of continuing the Aquaculture Specialist Position at UC. Dr. Conte and the position he has held has played an instrumental role in many critical areas related to the aquaculture industry in CA. Specifically, serving as a source of unbiased, factual information for industry, academia, government and policy-making entities. Additionally, he helps facilitate practical research that benefits the industry and CA as whole.

Aquaculture in CA is posed to expand dramatically in the next few decades, especially in marine waters, including untapped expanses of open ocean. This position will be important in the evolution of that process to create new sources of healthful, sustainable seafood.
Posted Jul 3, 2014 11:50 AM by Mark Drawbridge
Water and food production... I think it's safe to say that an Aquaculture Specialist would be a vital, if not crucial, position.
Posted Jul 3, 2014 3:25 PM by Jp Saenz
I have been in the aquaculture business for more than 30 years. Aquaculture is the fastest growing agricultural sector in the world, and a position such as this is absolutely essential to the growth and success of aquaculture in California for the future. I fully support the new Aquaculture Specialist position.

Gregg Leonard
Director - Freshwater Fish Company
Posted Jul 3, 2014 6:45 PM by Gregg Leonard - Freshwater Fish Company
The future of Aquaculture in the United States will be determined by our competitiveness; in quality of our product as well as cost of production. Research and support by dedicated institutions is paramount to us being able to have as little impact on the environment as we optimize our methodologies in an environment where the focus is on sustainability of resources. There is extensive research being done on feed by the feed industry supported by government and educational institutions, but the technologies of production need an even greater research support base because a mistake can cost a farmer his farm.
The US is far behind most countries that have determined that food security is critical and with the fact that seafood now represents the largest part of our trade deficit, we need the support of the Cooperative Extension and research institutions to take our rightful place in providing the seafood for this country, ensuring food security for all.
Posted Jul 5, 2014 5:52 AM by Mark Eglington
UC Davis has been an origin of the people and science upon which California aquaculture depends. The continuing support of the University is essential to aquaculture development and the Aquaculture Specialist position is essential to a continuing presence this support.
Posted Jul 5, 2014 8:17 AM by Anthonie M. Schuur
There is an evidence that must be solved: 91% of the seafood eaten in the USA is imported. Why does USA need to import such a high amount of seafood when it has the possibility (i.e. technology, resources and knowledge) to produce it there? Something is clear: aquaculture is needed.
California has an extend coastline and a very advantageous inland conditions, with a diverse climatology all over its area. All this make an excellent state to promote aquaculture, both offshore and inland; cage farming, mussel and oyster farming near the coast edge as well as flow-through and recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) far from the coast (the last ones environmentally friendly and sustainable, the future of the industry). In many countries, e.g. most of the European ones, there is an existing gap between researchers, industry and government, making difficult further development and where nowadays because of this, production volumes have been stagnant (proved and stated by several authors and reports). Therefore, it is an invaluable position - needs to be urgently driven- someone, or a group of persons, that would work directly in the industry´s requirements, practising field work in direct contact with growers and farmers and thus, stimulating the specific research areas that are needed at the moment. Moreover, apart from this, one of the plus advantages that California possess is the knowledge and the stimulation that the Monterey Bay Aquarium´s Seafood Watch program offers. This powerful tool that is widely known and enforced by different parties, is making a great job in the aquaculture industry. Thus, the Aquaculture Specialist could work in direct contact with them, as they work with researchers all over the world and continuously upgrade reports and data.
I deeply encourage this position to someone willing to link different and realistic ideas, making easier the communication between different levels.
Posted Jul 5, 2014 1:25 PM by Maddi Badiola
Aquaculture and its link to Aquaponics is very important and necessary for the future. I completely support this.
Posted Jul 5, 2014 4:50 PM by Danika MacMaster
Being in the aquaculture business for 42 years I have seen much transformation in methods and regulations in our industry. After first meeting Fred Conte in 1974 I cannot imagine our industry progressing the way it has without him. I fully support the Aquaculture Specialist position.
Posted Jul 6, 2014 11:39 AM by Dennis Faria
I would like to express support for the UC Davis Aquaculture Specialist position. Our industry needs that link among growers, researchers and legislators so decisions affecting aquaculture can be based on science, and research can be relevant. California has the potential to lead the nation in sustainable aquaculture production, and The Aquaculture Specialist can play an important role in this.
Posted Jul 6, 2014 11:48 AM by Colin Bornia, Pacific Aquafarms Inc.
I strongly support the new aquaculture specialist position, and in fact I encourage more aquaculture CE positions to open in the near future. Aquaculture is a growing industry and populations across the globe are becoming increasingly dependent on aquaculture. In the past month there have been numerous articles from National Geographic to local newspapers to NPR and the New York Times on the importance of aquaculture and our need as a country to refine current aquaculture techniques. We cannot depend on the ocean solely for seafood provisions. With additional research, we can ensure that aquaculture becomes both environmentally and economically sustainable. If we do not support aquaculture research or industry in this country, it will still exist in other countries but we will have less control on sustainable practices and production methods.

The new aquaculture specialist will hopefully continue the great work of Dr. Fred Conte, as well as progress research techniques in diversified farming, sustainable feeds (such as insects!), and water circulation techniques to promote sustainability. It is essential we maintain this position and promote more aquaculture specialist positions to keep up with our growing dependence on farmed fish and to help lead the world in sustainable aquaculture.

Best, Julie V. Hopper
PhD candidate, UC Berkeley
Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Posted Jul 6, 2014 1:57 PM by Julie Hopper
I support the new CE Aquaculture position. Fish can be a sustainable protein option that is better for people and the environment instead of beef or pork. Of course, this would be only true if done correctly, which is why we need research to help us learn the best methods of aquaculture!
Posted Jul 7, 2014 10:11 AM by Cristina
I support the establishment of the aquaculture position. California has benefited from advice and guidance from Dr. Conte and his work has also been very important to our organization. His ability to connect to his counterparts in other states has been extremely important. His voice -- or another skilled voice like him -- is essential to the continued development of aquaculture in the state.
Posted Jul 7, 2014 12:33 PM by Huey Johnson, President Resource Renewal Institute
Aquaculture is vitally important to many areas of the economy including food production, research and recreation. We must make sure that we are allotting monetary and personnel resources to the area of aquaculture so that it can continue to grow and develop. I support the new Aquaculture Specialist position.
Posted Jul 7, 2014 12:49 PM by Megan Judge, Marketing and Outreach Specialist - Home Grown Ponics
Faculty and students in the Animal Science department have benefited greatly from the expertise of Dr. Fred Conte, our current Aquaculture Extension Specialist, and the relationships he has cultivated with western region aquaculture producers over many years. Aquaculture in California is diverse, including many stakeholders with variable interests. Hiring an additional Aquaculture Specialist at this point in time will allow the new Specialist to become familiar with California aquaculture industries before Dr. Conte’s retirement, providing continuity to existing collaborations and partnerships between UC Davis and California aquaculture producers.
Posted Jul 7, 2014 3:40 PM by Andrea Schreier
The inputs are much lower using aquaponics when compared to conventional agriculture and fish farming. 90% less water, no regular use of antibiotics, no chemical pesticides, or herbicides, and no large use of fertilizers. Beef, pork, and chicken in that order need 5,4,and 3 pounds of feed to produce on pound of meat. Fish only need 1.2-1.8 pounds of feed to make one pound. Let me not fail to also write that no open soil is used, there is no ground and surface water pollution unlike some conventional methods have issues with time to time from run-off. Fuel can be saved since aquaponic farms can be anywhere in an urban setting. Undesired locations, rooftops, and backyards, this locality flexible closed-loop system saves fuel transportation costs, and tractor fuel cost being there is no dirt. Commercial aquaponics can be streamlined much like a factory line further lowering costs. When you introduce vermiculture and solider fly harvesting you can lower your cost of feeding the fish and recycle your wastes. There are ways mushrooms and chickens can be introduced to be another component of aquaponics.

The point is that aquaponics and the multi-trophic closed-loop system inspires only more sustainability at a much needed time. In aquaponics no large use of chemicals, feed, water, or fuel are economic gains, and all are also ecologically supportive. California should lead the way in large commercial and urban aquaponic farming to bring more organic fish, fruits and vegetables to the market while saving water. Can I stress anymore about saving water?
Posted Jul 7, 2014 11:28 PM by Rob Hogan
this position is greatly need for all of California's Auquiculture needs ,open minds for tech advances to conserves water is a must.the growth of Californias population is vast,lets get this started now
Posted Jul 8, 2014 7:12 AM by Ronald Wilson
The development of Abalone, Striped Bass and Sturgeon aquaculture in the State of California is a direct result of research done by the UC system, more specifically UCD that helped lead the development of an industry. This aquaculture specialist was critical in his role in coordinating university and industry participation to solve issues that arose from the industry and that the industry could not solve on their own and required university researchers participation. As commercial aquaculture moves off shore, as this is the only remaining major growth opportunity and grows into new marine species, the need for university research is critical. The aquaculture specialists role is critical in development of the communication between industry and researchers in the development of these new species as well as continued research on existing commercial species as issues arise.
Posted Jul 8, 2014 10:59 AM by Peter Struffenegger
30 years ago aquaculture was a small niche industry producing a few
species largely to supplement wild fish stocks to support recreational fishing.
Now the aquaculture industry exceeds the wild harvest of fish consumed world-wide.
All projections of future world fish consumption indicate a need for massive increases
in fish production, that will have to come from aquaculture.
California has the largest agriculture industry in the U.S., much of it dependent
on irrigated water. There is huge potential within California to grow fish utilizing the existing
agriculture infrastructure. The science and the will to develop this potential will
have to be assisted by university research and a strong outreach program.
Dr. Conte has ably provided this outreach for over 30 years, helping to establish
California's huge reputation in aquaculture innovations with species such as abalone,
sturgeon, striped and largemouth bass, and many other species. I strongly support
continued funding for this position.
Thank you, Ken Beer, M.S. UC Davis 1980
Posted Jul 8, 2014 12:51 PM by Ken Beer
The aquaculture Specialist position is needed to continue the invaluable work of Dr. Conte. California has the natural resources and coastline to become the sustainable aquaculture production leader of the US. The work of the Aquaculture Specialist in assisting with the education of state agencies, public and private organizations and the public in general will be important to someday making this a reality.

H. Roy Gordon
Aquaculture Producer and Consultant
Member CDFW Aquaculture Development Committee
Past Chairman/President of California Aquaculture Association

Posted Jul 8, 2014 3:21 PM by H Roy Gordon
I was a founding member of the California Aquaculture Association in 1975 and a long time officer. I am also a former president of the World Aquaculture Society. My field has been to pioneer the on-shore culturing of abalone and other marine species.
Over these years, aquaculture has grown to the point where one out of every two fish eaten in the world is farmed. Last year, farmers around the globe produced more fish than beef for the first time.
The potential for aquaculture in California is huge. We have a wide diversity of waters along our long coastline with many different economic species of fish and shellfish. Since the late 1970s. We have the finest agriculture and marine research colleges in the country. The transfer of technology from these instutions to practioners in the field is extremely valuable. In addition, the regulatory complexity of aquaculture has grown tremendously, and the aquaculture specialist office has been very vaulable to our fish and shellfish farmers in dealing with all of these complexities.
Fred Conte has been very instrumental in guiding the development of our industry in California and in the world. We need to have the Aquaculture Specialist position filled with an equally competent person.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 10:16 AM by George S. Lockwood
There is a huge demand in California for farm raised shellfish like oysters and California has the coastal waters to be a major producer. But we need problem solving expertise that can mobilize the scientists and institutions to make technical and other breakthroughs. For instance, why is there only one backlogged lab to test for domoic acid In the whole state? So I definitely support this new aquacultue specialist position.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 1:14 PM by George Trevelyan Grassy Bar Oyster Company
On behalf of the U.S. Aquaculture Society (chapter of the World Aquaculture Society) I strongly support the continuation of the Aquaculture Specialist position and advocate for the timely overlap of the new hire and Dr. Conte. Positions such as this are vital to providing support to our domestic aquaculture industries.
Posted Jul 10, 2014 10:45 AM by Kathleen Hartman, U.S. Aquaculture Society President
Recommend filling the proposed Aquaculture Specialist position for the following reasons:
1) Consistent with the goals of the National Aquaculture Development Plan which calls for
greater research and development, technical assistance, extension education and training
activities; 2) Mollusk culture employs over 200 farmers in California and with the Humboldt Bay "pre-permitting project" will grow to over 250 within a decade with landed value exceeding $30 million. Several new companies will be developed, each needing technical assistance along with research on remote setting of eyed larvae, nursery, growout, product
handling and safety. Research collaboration with Pacific regional organizations including
Western Regional Aquaculture Consortium, Pacific Shellfish Institute, Hatfield Marine Science Center, and NOAA's Kenneth K. Chew Center for Shellfish Research will be needed for both new and established farms who are experiencing impacts on larval and
seed survival from oceanographic changes most associated with anomalies in pH, DO, and
partial pressure of CO2; 3) Humboldt Bay Harbor District has acquired a former pulp mill
site that the public would like to develop into a National Marine Research and Innovation
Park. A shellfish company has established the Pacific's largest remote larval setting and
seed nursery at the pulp mill site and an international aquaponics company may soon begin
permitting; 4) Humboldt has also permitted the newest California bivalve hatchery/nursery
which will help bridge the seed shortage for local and regional farms. Research support
will be needed to address issues with ocean acidification, native species enhancement,
shellfish culture ecosystem services, carrying capacity and aquaponics. Dr. Conte has vast
institutional knowledge of national and California aquaculture which should be passed
on to a new Aquaculture Specialist before he retires.
Posted Jul 10, 2014 11:32 AM by Ted Kuiper, shellfish farmer, retired
I am in full support of this new position for Aquaculture Specialist at UC Davis. The timing is very critical for the advancement of Aquaculture in our state and nation. We know that Aquaculture is the fastest growing sector in Agriculture 2014 with infinite possibilities for the future farmers. This position will strengthen the region and set a new direction for the industry while adding a valuable new prospective for the future that is sustainable. Dr. Conte hard work will be augmented and complimented well into the future.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 9:40 AM by James Brady, EcoBro
We must t support the Aquaculture Specialist position at UC Davis
Aquaponics is the new farming and the future of the world food supply.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 11:30 AM by Joseph Mount
Having been involved with aquaculture in excess of 43 years here in the state of Calif, as well as other aquaculture ventures both nationally and internationally, it is my humble but strong opinion that the aquaculture industry here in California would not be where it is today with-out the efforts of Dr. Fred Conte, aquaculture extension specialist at U.C. Davis. His leadership, demeanor and work ethic have molded numerous aspects of our industry, and his wealth of knowledge and transfer of information to all, from start-ups to well established companies has proven invaluable.
With-out question,on behalf of myself and our approx. 25 employees, we wholeheartedly encourage and support the effort to continue this position and will do what we can to further support this vital position pursuant to the existing aquaculture industry here in the state, as well as the needs and future growth of the industry. We also encourage you to consider Dr. Conte as part of the selection committee as we feel that no one knows better what the needs of the industry are from the extension specialist point of view.
Sincerely, Phil Mackey
Posted Jul 14, 2014 6:45 PM by Phil Mackey
I strongly support the proposed aquaculture specialist position at U.C. Davis Being new to the aquaculture world, Dr. Conte has been a wonderful resource regarding hydrophonics and fish farming, It is important for the aquaculture growers to have this relationship continue for successful fish farming in California. Debby Coleman
Posted Jul 14, 2014 10:45 PM by Debby Coleman
I strongly support the proposed aquaculture specialist position at UC Davis. Aquaculture is key to providing our growing population with the healthy seafood they need. Aquaculture is going to face new challenges in the face of global warming, possible climate change, and drought. Dr. Fred Conte has been invaluable to the current California aquaculture industry. If our industry is going to continue to grow and thrive then we will need people such as Dr. Conte to help us. The Aquaculture Specialist has the expertise and the contacts within the UC system to help a wide variety of aquaculturists. In addition, he or she sits on many panels and advisory boards to provide input to the regulators who oversee our industry. I believe that it is CRITICALLY important that this position be filled PRIOR TO Dr. Conte's retirement. If it is not, then years of expertise, contacts, and political knowledge will be lost, knowledge that will take many years for any newly hired person to reacquire.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 9:53 AM by Ray Fields, The Abalone Farm, Inc.
I established Crain Fisheries in 1985 and soon learned the value of U C Davis extension and Dr. Fred Conte. I joined California Aquaculture Association and later was elected to the Board of Directors. The power of that extension service by Dr. Conte has made a great impact on me and aquaculture in California and beyond. I support the Extension Specialist Position.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 10:38 AM by Donald Crain President Crain Fisheries CAA Board Member
I am in strong support of the proposal for this position. With the increasing demands for the consumption of fish worldwide, this will only strengthen California to continue forward with the growing of this industry and market.

Iva Gaglione, Star Milling Co
Posted Jul 17, 2014 11:04 AM by Iva Gaglione
I would like to offer my strong support for the position of Aquaculture Specialist at UC Davis. The world is increasing their appetite for higher sources of protein, the demand for quality aquaculture will increase substantially. CA will have to play an increasing role as well as the US. It is important to have a dedicated position of expertise such that we have been blessed with in Dr. Conte over his career.
Posted Jul 17, 2014 11:14 AM by Paul Cramer, Star Milling Co.
Sterling Caviar strongly supports the new Aquaculture Specialist position. We’ve worked closely with Fred Conte on many projects and when Fred decides to retire it will be necessary to have someone in this position to seamlessly take over.
Posted Jul 17, 2014 12:26 PM by Sterling Caviaf LLC
The California Farm Bureau Federation supports the position request for a Specialist in Aquaculture.

The current Aquaculture Specialist, Fred Conte, PhD, has been a valued UCCE liaison to Farm Bureau’s statewide Aquaculture Commodity Advisory Committee for more than 27 consecutive years. This committee is advisory to our statewide board of directors; the recommendations its leaders put forward to our board are shaped from input from a variety of sources, including from non-voting members (like UCCE liaisons) specifically appointed to the committee for perspective and expertise. The strength, relevance, and timeliness of requested actions hinge on the quality and integrity of information received and debated. Dr. Conte also has contributed actively to discussions, analysis, policy development, and programming of our statewide Animal Health & Welfare Advisory Committee that is comprised of diverse sectors of animal agriculture. As a specialist he brings professional experiences, academic training, and different networks to the table to enable more robust debates.

Dr. Conte’s service on our committees entails assisting our members in troubleshooting the issues of the industry and identifying the resources that can lessen or resolve a problem(s). With his help, for example, we have strengthened industry and relevant government agency access to veterinary pathology expertise, such as at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory. He was at the leading edge of discussions of aquatic animal welfare best practices, being a catalyst for promoting humane slaughter as well as science-based euthanasia techniques. He has informed our members and staff on countless discussions we have had on food safety, aquatic animal health and disease, environmental impacts of aquatic animal culture, research needs, scientific findings, and more. Dr. Conte’s expertise also has been used to ensure that factually correct educational materials on aquaculture are provided to California’s teachers and students through our affiliate non-profit the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

The important credibility factor associated with UCCE is not replicated elsewhere in academia or industry; given the trustworthiness element of an Extension Specialist’s research and advice vis-à-vis Dr. Conte’s eventual retirement, we believe it important to approve for recruitment a new Aquaculture Specialist.
Posted Jul 17, 2014 3:34 PM by Ria de Grassi, Director, Livestock, Animal Health & Welfare, Federal Policy Division, CA Farm Bureau Federation
I support the CE Aquaculture Specialist Position and expansion of this department. California seems to spawn so many innovations, from media to tech. It can lead the aquaculture revolution that has been gaining steam for several years now. Much of this is due to the entrepreneurial nature of the Golden State and its citizens. While aquaculture will go forward even without Cooperative Extension, the right person as liaison between research and enterprise can be a true spark.

I see a dated, agriculture-based infrastructure trying to fit the the square peg of aquaculture into its round hole. It is time for a new paradigm that knows the prodigious resources of our state and the tremendous hunger of its people for food production that values health over profits.

John Young, Owner: Chair: Fresno Aquaponic Farmers

Posted Jul 17, 2014 11:17 PM by L John Young
We are a U.S. based company in Washington State that is developing new ways to move fish for both aquaculture and live applications. We would love to have more knowledge and support closer to home. Much of the world from Norway to China to Chile has already made the investments that this modest proposal for a CE Aquaculture Specialist Position would represent.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 9:21 AM by Vincent Bryan III
As the Aquaculture Coordinator for KY Dept. of Agriculture and a board member of the National Association of State Aquaculture Coordinators, it is very important for every state to have this position. It is an important role to keep fish farmers and regulators up to date on local, national and international trends, rearing methods and issues. I strongly support this position .
Posted Jul 18, 2014 9:38 AM by Angela Caporelli
I am commenting as a former trout farmer and, currently, a member of the Mono County Board of Supervisors. We are one of the few Counties that has a trophy fish stocking program. Mono County initiated its Trophy Trout Program in 1989 and it has been a huge success since that time. Mono County owns the Conway Ranch located in the middle of the County and has developed an aquaculture facility on the property. We are very dependent on technical assistance in all areas of the fishing industry. I STRONGLY support the CE Aquaculture Specialist position as its importance to the fishing industry in the California eastern Sierra region will continue to grow.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 9:42 AM by Tim Alpers
As Aquaculture Specialist, Dr. Conte has played an essential role in guiding the development of sustainable aquaculture in California and to the industry as a whole. He has been a valued and respected adviser to the California Aquaculture Association and has continued to drive and stimulate aquaculture research within the UC system by facilitating links between growers and scientists.

As world-wide demand on fisheries continues to increase, it is essential we maintain the Aquaculture Specialist position at UC Davis and encourage more research and education regarding sustainable practices.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 10:16 AM by Michael Passmore, Founder/CEO Passmore Ranch, President - California Aquaculture Association
I am a faculty member of the Animal Science Department and I fully support this position. Over the years, Dr. Fred Conte has provided invaluable service to the aquaculture industry and a continuation of this position is important for UC Davis to have an impact in the growth and sustainability of aquaculture.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 11:29 AM by Jim Fadel
I am an alumnus of the UCDavis Animal Science program and owner/operator of The Cultured Abalone Farm located in Santa Barbara, CA. I fully support the CE Aquaculture Specialist Position.

The Aquaculture Specialist Position is a key participant within CA aquaculture in that it serves to objectively integrate industry, research, and regulatory participants. CA aquaculture needs to continue to grow and fulfill its potential for providing safe, locally produced shellfish and fish with transparent methods, an emphasis on stewardship, and a continued positive economic contribution to the state. In order for this to happen, the industry, research, and regulatory interests need to be collaboratively promoted. A UC investment in this Aquaculture Specialist position is one way that this can be accomplished.

Under the expertise of Fred Conte, the Aquaculture Specialist Position is known as a valuable resource to the Aquaculture community. I encourage the position be funded immediately, so that the transition to Fred Conte's successor can be maximally productive and fruitful.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 4:54 PM by Douglas Bush
7 years ago my partners and I bought this 305 acres Desert Center farm for our interest of fish and vegetable productions. Most of our background are electronic semiconductor, computer science and fusion research. First 2 years were difficult building up the farm coupling with fish and vegetable growing ground. Then 3rd year came we were fortunate knowing Dr. Fred Conte to be able knowing more and learning how to utilize our fish water, fish manure to be efficiently applied to our vegetable growing ground which mean significantly long term reduction of cost saving buying external fertilizer and keep farm be self sustainable. The position Dr. Conte is currently held is important and vital to our state and nation's interest which has served my case well of search for practical farming and knowledge of science and farming understanding. Today our farm growing success has been Dr. LeConte 's valuable consultant and teaching which greatly benefit to our daily operation. Again on behalf of our Desert Center fish and vegetable farm, we strongly support the aquaculture specialist position.

Philip Luong
Desert Oasis farm
Member of CAA
UCLA fusion research development engineer
Posted Jul 18, 2014 10:36 PM by Philip Luong
I have Graduation in Fish and Fisheries, Post Graduation in Fisheries Science, Doctorate in Aquaculture and Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Management in Agriculture (IPRs). Undergone trainings (related to different aspects in Fisheries Sciences including saline water aquaculture) from different National Institutes/Organizations including Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai (A total of 184 days), India. Including my education in fisheries from graduation, have a total of 12 years experience in different fields of aquaculture/fisheries science like breeding, management and culture of fin fish and shell fish, farm management, fish handling and processing, and having knowledge and experiences of project formulation, compilation report writing, etc. I have a good experience of paper/report preparation/presentation and have also secured two national level awards viz. “Young Scientist Award” instituted by Uttarakhand Council of Science & Technology, Uttarakhand, India and BP Pal Award by Academy of Environmental Biology, Lucknow, India for paper presentations.
I have was actively involved in establishing of Mahseer Hatchery, establishing of a Model Hatchery and construction of cemented tanks for fish culture during my last service in Uttarakhand, India, and also imparted theory and practical classes for Masters degree students and taught different topics of aquaculture during my contract services at Bhopal, India along with my active involvement in the establishment of Chinese hatchery, department Building construction and Fish farm renovation and construction. Given trainings to the fishermen under a World Bank sponsored programme at Bhopal. Significantly contributed in report writing, sub-projects evaluation, monitoring, fund release, etc. in the capacity of Research Associate under National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). At present working as Research Associate under Education Division of ICAR, New Delhi, India and handling with the issues and projects distributed in Agricultural Universities/Institutes across India, and involved in compilation & editing of the final project reports being submitted by the agricultural Universities.
I read the requirement of the position of Aquaculture Specialist very carefully. The specialist has manage each and every event of a aqua-farm, which includes farm construction & establishment/management, brood stock rearing, breeding, nursery rearing, growing up to table size and marketing. Further, these all require knowledge of farm preparation, related problems, issues, requirements, problem of poaching; operational problems like procurement of inputs (seed, feed, fertilizers, medicines, etc.); harvesting issues and problem related to disease outbreak, flood and other unforeseen circumstances, etc. As an aqua-specialist, I know very well the responsibility, threats and how to overcome these. Along with several reputed national/international publication and my research/administrative & government policy related experiences and knowledge in the field of agriculture, in general, and in fisheries in particular, I found myself suitable to the post.

Dr. Ghanshyam Nath Jha
New Delhi, India
Posted Jul 19, 2014 12:59 AM by Dr. Ghanshyam Nath Jha
Dr. Jha: Thank you for your interest in the position. This website is set up by the UC administration to receive stakeholder input with the objective of securing positions in UC Cooperative Extension. The position has not been created. Decisions will be made over the next 6-months as to what positions will be awarded, but for now, applications are premature. If it is created, we welcome your interest in applying for a position. FSC
Posted Jul 19, 2014 1:07 PM by F.S. Conte
I support the continuation of the aquaculture specialist position as it will facilitate links between growers and researcher.
Posted Jul 19, 2014 5:20 AM by Prof. Shahid Mahboob
I support the proposal because it would facilitate the growing and improvement of aquaculture practices, towards sustainability and security in food production (animal protein) in UC and the world at large
Posted Jul 19, 2014 5:44 AM by Muyideen Lawal
Recruiting an Aquaculture Extension Specialist in Cooperative Extension is critical to support the fastest growing agricultural sector in the world and support the recently unveiled UC Global Food Initiative announced by President Napolitano. California imports around 90% of the seafood consumed in the state as a cost in excess of $1 billion. Much of this seafood could be grown in the state, significantly expanding the $150 million aquaculture industry and creating thousands of jobs. The application of existing technologies and research to solve problems certain to arise will be essential to facilitate the expansion of the aquaculture sector. An aquaculture extension specialist working hand in hand with the industry to capitalize on opportunities to expand production of farmed fish and shellfish will pay dividends for generations to come. One only has to look at the integral role research and extension at the University of California played in the creation of successful sturgeon and abalone farms as examples that could easily be replicated with a number of native species.
Posted Jul 19, 2014 8:30 AM by Paul Olin
An aquaculture extension specialist is very important to the continue vitality and growth of our aquaculture industry in California. As an intensive fish farmer for 25 years, I have utilized the expertise and contacts of the current specialist as a student and professional fish farmer. He has been a valuable resource to my business and I am sure every other substantial aquaculture business in the state. In addition to fish, I farm almonds. As a new almond farmer, I called upon the tree specialist many times and developed a strong relationship. With almonds, we have extension experts in every county. Our industry needs that one aquaculture extension specialist in the state as our "go to guy". I strongly recommend the aquaculture extension position be filled as soon as possible. Gary Grace, MS Bio and Ag Engineering, UCD, 1989.
Posted Jul 19, 2014 9:25 AM by Gary Grace
As the Aquaculture Coordinator for the State of California, a former aquaculture producer, and former officer, director, and now advisor to the California Aquaculture Association, I have had the privilege of working alongside UC Cooperative Extension's Aquaculture Specialist, Dr. Fred Conte for the past 28+ years. Prior to that, my formative years in, and attraction to, the aquaculture discipline came in part from his direct teachings, counsel, and mentorship as an undergraduate student at Davis. There are countless others who have similarly benefited and gone on to become industry- or policy-leaders, innovators, or have simply become better-informed novices, due to the broad range of extension specialist roles in which Dr. Conte has so highly excelled. The opportunity to parallel-track a well-qualified successor who can benefit from his wealth of experience and contacts will provide an invaluable continuity of service to the University of CA and academic researchers everywhere, the industry, state and federal regulatory agencies, and constituent clients throughout the public spectrum in this and many other states of the western US.

This, at a time when California has the opportunity to resume a leading role in sustainable aquaculture innovation and development in response to a massive deficit in supply of, and high demand for, domestically- and locally-produced seafood and aquatic products.
For a startlingly fast-growing population whose demand for high-quality, sustainable seafood is now relying more on aquaculture than wild harvests, and a country whose supply is now nearly 90% imported, California and UC CE should choose to be well-equipped to respond with solutions.

Pioneering research performed on UC campuses, particularly Davis, combined with innovations by commercial aquaculturists over the last 30-40 years have greatly influenced technical practices worldwide (including sturgeon and abalone aquaculture) and should continue to do so into the future through the Aquaculture Extension Specialist. And though the industry's value in CA has grown an impressive 380% from 1985 to 2012 ($45M to $170M), it is a fraction of the pace enjoyed by the leaders in world aquaculture production. In fact, it is a fraction of the value of terrestrial agriculture production in many individual California counties! This should further reinforce the need for maintaining the Aquaculture Specialist position by passing the torch to a strong candidate: California's promising young industry faces an increasingly complex regulatory landscape, driven by competitive resource and stakeholder interests, and yet has a real opportunity to expand domestic production and economic value while meeting the state's high environmental standards.

California needs strong, supportive policies and a strategic vision that will foster growth in its domestic aquaculture industry. I, along with many others in top regulatory and policy-making positions, will depend heavily on continued coordination with our state Aquaculture Extension Specialist.

The pathway to success will rely partly on creative, coordinated research; equally important will be the continuing vital roles of the Aquaculture Extension Specialist: (1) in providing a conduit for connecting and conveying research findings and industry developments to those who need them most (whether they're novice constituent clients, other academics, producers, regulators, or policy-makers), and (2) in helping prioritize and encourage research toward both immediate practical demands in the field, and the strategic and visionary opportunities for California's (and the world's) future in aquaculture.

I strongly encourage the highest priority be given to filling the position of Aquaculture Extension Specialist as soon as possible.
Randy Lovell
State Aquaculture Coordinator, CA Dept of Fish & Wildlife
B.S: Ag Science & Management, UCDavis (1983).
Posted Jul 20, 2014 2:25 AM by Randy Lovell
The study of fishes , the science of icthyology, affects everyone although most of us are not aware of it. Fish farming as originally practiced involved capturing immature species and then raising them under optimal conditions. Carps have been raised in ponds for several thousands years in India and Chaina.It was not untill 1733, however , that a German farmer successfully raised fish from eggs that he had artificially obtained and fertilized.With increasing time new technologies developed which turned aquaculture into industry . Time is coming when farming the edges of the sea could solve the protein and hunger problems of the world's growing population.By scientific management and careful selection it is now possible to obtain yields as high as 10 ,000 kg / hectare .
The Aquaculture production in different environments as estimated by FAO ( 1996) accounted 49% in marine water , 44% IN FRESH WATER and 7% IN BRAKISH WATER . Several new approaches of biotechnology already established aquaculture as the most stable supporting food sources to the growing population.One alarming situation that shoul be checked at its initial stage is the misappropriation of technology only for profit making proposition.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 3:57 AM by Nihar Ranjan Chattopadhyay
I support the recruitment of an Aquaculture Extension Specialist in Cooperative Extension. It's amazing that Fred Conte has covered the entire State for these many years; one wonders what further accomplishments might have been gained with the small investment in additional extension agents.
I conduct research (and extension) on the East Coast where it is not unusual to have 2 extension agents per (much smaller) State with expertise in aquaculture. The total value of aquaculture production in New England is similar to that of California where we have 8 extension agents working in the field. The shellfish farming industry has doubled production in the last 5 years largely with the help of extension agents advising farmers on siting, permitting and production concerns. There is every reason to believe that California could be self-sufficient or even an exporter of shellfish and seafood with its coastal and offshore resources. Countries with smaller economies than California (e.g. New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, Ireland) have placed public investments in aquaculture research and development that have paid off many fold. Adding another aquaculture extension agent at this time is a critical investment for the sustainable future of California's aquaculture industry.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 4:01 AM by Scott Lindell
The Aquaculture Specialist position is critical if we want California to grow more home grown aquaculture products which are safe and healthy and fresh. It hurts to see frozen fish from Asia, which might have been grown in unsafe conditions and frozen for a year or more, being sold in our stores when l8cally raised fish could be sold instead. The funny thing is, our fantastic Asian costumers in Los Angeles pay more for our California raised fish because they know the fish are fresh and have been raised without chemicals and pesticides. With this Aquaculture Specialist position we will hopefully be able to grow more aquaculture products here in California.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 7:08 AM by Joel Rosenfeld
Dr. Murphy and I enthusiastically support the Aquaculture Specialist position. As other advocates have indicated, aquaculture is one of the few expanding crops in California, and it will become even more important in the future as concerns about water supply, climate change, and healthy eating increase in importance. We should do all we can to promote the development of innovative, resource conserving food production strategies that will help California continue to be a global leader in all types of agriculture. Furthermore, the proposed position is consistent with, and would link with rapidly developing initiatives at Sac State in aquaponics, food waste recycling through fish, and the focus on sustainable technologies.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 12:13 PM by Dudley Burton and Brook Murphy, CSUS Urban Agriculture Program
I support the Aquaculture Specialist position to stimulate the research in aquaculture and help to push California up to be the leading state producing fresh farm fish in US.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 1:31 PM by Gwan Thio, Global Organic Farm, Inc.
As a member of the state diagnostic laboratory system with a keen interest in aquaculture and aquatic health, I am in strong support of the proposal for this position. There is increased demands for diverstiy in protein in the US and worldwidee as well as a need to provide a healthy and safe food choice. I feel that this position would facilitate and strengthen links and interactions amongst key players in the aquaculture industry that include growers, fish and wildlife service, and researchers and diagnosticians at UC Davis.
Akinyi Nyaoke, CAHFS, UC Davis
Posted Jul 20, 2014 3:14 PM by Akinyi Nyaoke
As an Environmental Scientist with the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, one of my duties is to coordinate the review of aquaculture registration applications. Daily, I receive inquiries from the public regarding every aspect of starting a commercial or hobby aquaculture/aquaponics facility in California. The Aquaculture Specialist position is an invaluable resource for those who are new to the aquaculture industry providing a respected source of knowledge and valued guidance.

I support the continuation of the CE Aquaculture Specialist position at UC Davis.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 9:05 PM by Karen Mitchell
I'm responding as Staff to the Mono County Economic Development Department and Mono County Fisheries Commission. Mono County is one of the few Counties that has a trophy fish stocking program. Mono County owns the Conway Ranch located in the middle of the County and has developed an aquaculture facility on the property. We are very dependent on technical assistance in all areas of the fishing industry as it is critical to tourism, economic development and business growth in our region. Tourism currently generates $451 million in travel spending throughout the county. 46% of those travelers are coming to fish during the spring, summer or fall months. Fishing is VITAL to the success and sustainability of our region.

I strongly support the CE Aquaculture Specialist position as its importance to the fishing industry in the California Eastern Sierra region will continue to grow.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 8:54 AM by Jeff Simpson
As a student at UC Davis Dr. Conte has been an important resource for information regarding the aquaculture industries status and research interests. Expertise and connections like his will continue to be important as the aquaculture industry grows in California.

I support the CE Aquaculture Specialist position
Posted Jul 21, 2014 10:34 AM by Andy Davison
The proposed CE Aquaculture Specialist is should be a high priority for UC ANR. As identified in the position description, the Specialist will bring statewide leadership and coordination to the research and extension efforts of the interdisciplinary UCCE team to improve aquaculture operations statewide. The diversity in aquaculture operations provides a need for a clientele specialist who will provide science-based information and interact with staff from jurisdictional and regulatory agencies. There is a need to distill research findings and synthesize producer management guides/information (for clientele) as new improvements in freshwater and marine species aquaculture are developed. Fish are far more efficient at incorporating feed nitrogen into end product (when compared to terrestrial animals). Finding new and improved ways to manage aquatic species is critical to meet food needs in a growing world population. This individual would strive to improve Sustainable Food Systems and educate to minimize/manage endemic and invasive pests and diseases. The Specialist will deliver science-based information to the regulatory and policy development processes. Science-based information is needed for better policy development.

California has diverse aquatic facilities. Aquaculturalists within the various freshwater and marine species use a cornucopia of production systems including extensive ponds, intensive flow-through tanks and raceways systems, closed and recycle systems, aquaponics, variations of off-bottom culture techniques for shellfish, near-shore marine cage culture and the developing off-shore molluscan and finfish industries. They will benefit tremendously by having direct access to a scientist charged with both distilling information and conducting research. This is a critical position for ANR.

Deanne Meyer, Livestock Waste Management Specialist, Department of Animal Science, UC Davis
Posted Jul 21, 2014 12:00 PM by Deanne Meyer
I strongly support the Aquaculture Specialist position. As a veterinarian working with food animal production for 37 years I have had the opportunity to work with all species and related production systems. There is no other animal industry that is as diverse or challenging than aquaculture. It is surprising that one person is able to cover all aspects of this industry.

There are numerous roles the Aquaculture Specialist will need to meet the growing interest and need to expand aquaculture in California. If raising aquatic species were anywhere as easy as raising terrestrial species this position would be less important. That is simply not the case. In addition to the enormous engineering, biology, and marketing challenges facing aquaculture producers they also have the most environmental and regulatory burdens of any animal industry. This position has proven to be an essential link between potential producers, current producers, researchers, and perhaps most importantly, regulators.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 12:11 PM by Chuck Palmer
Aquaculture will be needed to provide the food, fuel and fiber needs of the future. Often the limiting part of growing sustainable, profitable aquaculture industries is getting the science into the hands of those who can use it. Key among the users of aquaculture science are the public agencies who need to make intelligent decisions on planning, permitting and regulations. Aquaculture is a relatively new segment of agriculture in California and the regulatory system is only now beginning to understand how to deal with it. The need for high quality, targeted information, that is well communicated is greater for aquaculture than for traditional agriculture. This is a key role for extension and one that this position could address. I fully support the establishment of this position

Michael B. Rust, PhD
Science Coordinator, Office of Aquaculture
NOAA Fisheries
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:47 PM by Michael Rust
I support the Aquaculture Specialist position.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 4:21 PM by Oscar F Sanchez
As an active practitioner of aquaponics (raising fish and plants together in an integrated soil-less system), I have benefited from the resources provide by Dr. Conte in his current position. In addition to needing the additional resource of a second aquaculture specialist for the growing field of aquaculture, we also need that resource for the growing practice of aquaponics. The practice of aquaponics has grown exponentially on a hobby level in recent years, and growth on a commercial level is in the early stages. Continued growth in both realms is anticipated. Aquaponics is an environmentally and socially beneficial practice that deserves support, including the establishment of another aquaculture specialist position.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 4:52 PM by Paul Trudeau
Filling this position is essential to the continuing success of aquaculture in the State of California. The unique nature of the multiple species diversity of California aquaculture requires a liason between the Department of Fish and Wildlife, State regulatory bodies, and Fish Farmers. Aquaculture in California has depended on this communication to grow into the multi-million dollar business that it is today.

Not only have many jobs been created on fish farms, but many manufacturing jobs have been created by businesses to support aquaculture. Continued growth in aquaculture is critical to maintaining and growing these jobs in California.

I support the creation of the Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Specialist position.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 9:15 PM by Mark Francis
I strongly support the future of The Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Specialist and am grateful for the University of California’s continued support. The position has proven instrumental in the preservation and growth of the shellfish industry in California.

Much if not all of this success is due to the person who holds the position currently, Dr. Fred Conte. His efforts over the years to bring the science and service of the UC to bear on industry needs have been extremely valuable. Through Dr. Conte’s leadership, a state of the art shellfish growing area model was developed that has significantly improved analysis of shellfish growing waters and allowed state and federal managers to greatly improve efficiencies, thus allowing for less closure days and increased sales. This model is also being used in multiple other states.

Again and again Dr. Conte responds to industry needs by bringing scientists at the UC together with industry and solving problems. Equally important is his efforts to develop science and acquire funding as well as work with government regulatory agencies and staff. Dr. Conte was instrumental in advising industry and government in the effort to fund and use good science to make responsible resource management decisions and as a result the shellfish industry in CA is widely recognized as a leader in sustainable farming practices. Dr. Conte’s wealth of experience, knowledge and personal relationships with government and scientists is a result of many years of being in the position. I would hope that this wealth could be shared with the new Aquaculture specialist by allowing the new specialist to serve with Dr. Conte for as long as possible. The steep learning curve would be greatly reduced if this were to happen.

Please don’t allow the years of institutional knowledge and relationships that are in place be lost to the new specialist and thank you for supporting the aquaculture industry by keeping the Aquaculture specialist in place at the UC.

Greg Dale
Coast Seafoods Company
Posted Jul 22, 2014 12:56 PM by Greg Dale
I absolutely support the need to continue the position of the Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Specialist. The role of Aquaculture in providing a source of food is ever increasing as we are facing climatic uncertainties and increasing poulation pressures. The challenges faced by the aquaculture industry in permitting, water quality needs, zoning, regulatory funding issues, etc. continue to grow. Research, collaborative relationships, adaptation and selective breeding needs, policy advising, and many other components of the industry require advocacy that this position can provide.
Posted Jul 22, 2014 1:59 PM by Terry Sawyer

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