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December 6, 2004

Shellfish conference draws crowd

Governor speaks, encourages industry growth

Anchorage, Alaska—More than 100 shellfish growers, state and federal regulators, business consultants, and marketing experts gathered in Anchorage late last week for the Alaska Shellfish Aquaculture Conference, where they discussed a wide range of shellfish production, transportation, marketing and policy issues.

The December 3-4, 2004 conference was held immediately following the annual meeting of the Alaska Shellfish Growers Association, and was sponsored by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and a host of state agencies. Ray RaLonde, Sea Grant MAP Aquaculture Specialist, was a key organizer of the event.

Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski addressed the meeting and voiced strong support for the efforts of the industry to expand amid complex regulatory, transportation, production, and marketing challenges.

Doug Schneider, Sea Grant Information Officer, attended the conference and gathered material for an upcoming feature article for Alaska Business Monthly magazine.

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