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Southern Flounder Aquaculture Workshop
November 2-3, 2006

Workshop Information

Southern flounder, an economically important and heavily fished species in NC, is on the verge of becoming a viable and sustainable alternative agriculture crop due to advances made in controlled spawning, larviculture and growout using recirculating systems. This workshop will be an all-inclusive, intensive and hands-on introduction to these production methods from broodstock management to fish growout and economics. Speakers from NCSU departments of Zoology and Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and UNCW Center for Marine Science will present current production data. This workshop is scheduled to repeat in entirety in the spring and fall of 2007.

Workshop Presenters

Dr. Harry Daniels, Associate Professor of Zoology NCSU. Combined 25 years commercial, research and extension experience and 12 years with southern flounder.

Dr. Christopher Dumas, Associate Professor of Economics, UNC Wilmington. Current research in summer and southern flounder aquaculture economics.

Dr. Ed Noga, Professor of Aquatic Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University. Specializes in infectious diseases of finfish and shellfish, with emphasis on immune mechanisms.

Dr. Tom Losordo , Professor of Biological & Agricultural Engineering NCSU. Combined 30+ years commercial, research and extension experience in recirculating aquaculture technology.

Dr. Wade Watanabe, Research Professor, Center for Marine Science, UNC Wilmington. 30 years research experience in marine finfish aquaculture, 12 years with southern and summer flounder reproduction.

Mr. Ryan Murashige, NCSU Southern Flounder Hatchery Manager& Marine Larval Specialist. Combined 20 years commercial and research experience in larviculture and growout of Japanese and southern flounder.

Mr. Roy Castle, Formerly with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, expertise in seafood marketing and retail.

Ms. Laura Shewmon, Extension Assistant, NCSU Zoology. Background in fish reproduction. Support staff to all aspects of flounder production at the NCSU facility.

Mrs. Poem Turner, Graduate Student, NCSU Zoology. Conducting research toward all-female southern flounder populations.

Mr. Christopher Woolridge, Broodstock Manager, Center for Marine Science, UNC Wilmington. Responsible for all aspects of broodstock management including nutrition, disease management, and photothermal and hormonal induction of spawning.

Time: 9AM - 5PM Thursday and Friday

Historic Yates Mill Country Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh , NC 27603

From I-440 beltline:
Take Lake Wheeler exit 297 off the beltline. Proceed south on Lake Wheeler Road (left at end of exit from the inner beltline and right off exit from the outer beltline) and continue past Tryon Road . Continue about another 1.5 miles south on Lake Wheeler Road and turn right into the Yates Mill Pond Facility. Google Maps


Registration Cost: $ 275 (NC Residents), $350 (Out-Of-State)

Workshop registration includes a technical workbook and CD, all supplies for laboratory demonstrations, and refreshments and lunch for both days. A reception will be offered following the conclusion of the second day, featuring ‘home-grown' flounder appetizers.
Download the mail-in registration form (.PDF)

Seating is limited to the first 12 paid registrants. For more information contact:
Dr. Harry Daniels at 919.515.4589 office, or email


Topics Addressed (Schedule to be announced):

Recirculating Aquaculture Technology

  • Critical considerations before designing recirculating systems (RAS)
  • Component options for use in RAS
  • Systems management
  • Waste management
  • Economic Considerations
Maturation and Spawning
  • Broodstock source
  • System requirements
  • Stocking density and photothermal conditioning for egg production
  • Hormone-induced spawning
  • Strip-spawning protocols
  • Egg hatching through metamorphosis
  • System requirements and maintenance
  • Live feeds and feeding protocols
  • System requirements and maintenance
  • Water quality laboratory
  • Cannibalism, density and size grading
  • Economics and sample budgets
  • Fish health: disease identification and treatment
 please check this page frequently for updated information and seating availability


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Photos from March 2006


Review of our March 2006 workshop
Fish Farming News
Issue 2 2006