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Cedar Key aquaculture to plot future

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The Cedar Key Aquaculture Association invites the clam aquaculture community to participate in developing an industry action plan for marketing, research and marine debris as part of its annual general membership meeting.
The meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Community Center, located on 809 Sixth Street in Cedar Key. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., members can complete their annual business with the Association by renewing their 2014-15 membership and Anchor Hole agreement, electing Board of Directors for the upcoming year, and getting caught up on the various activities the Association has been conducting over the past year and plans for the upcoming year. From 6:30-8 p.m., brief introductions and updates will be provided on the following industry topics: Marketing by Martin May, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture Marketing; Research by Dr. Huiping Yang and Leslie Sturmer, University of Florida IFAS; and Marine Debris Recovery by Paul Zajicek, DACS Division of Aquaculture.
To develop an action plan and set priorities for the future, break-out sessions will allow participants to contribute ideas as to what is needed for the industry to move forward in each of these areas. Each person will individually rate and rank ideas to determine priorities and provide guidance for state agency and university representatives. Pizza and refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Rose Cantwell, Association chair at 352-543-6436, other Board of Director Members, or Leslie Sturmer, UF Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program, at 352-543-5057.
This is the night for industry members to contribute their ideas and make their choices count.