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Hatchery 101: Energy efficiency

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May 17, 2023


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Optimizing your hatchery’s energy consumption can be as simple as turning off unessential electronics or as comprehensive as installing solar panels for an off-grid generator system. To figure out what the right steps for your operations would be, Host Ben Normand continues Part Two of Hatchery International‘s four-part series on sustainability with an panel of experts to share knowledge and best practices for energy efficient operations. If you have registered to Part 1 of the Hatchery 101 series, you are automatically registered for all four webinars for this year.

The Hatchery 101 series is sponsored by OxyGuard International.


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Ben Normand is a fish farmer, writer, college instructor, and cheerleader for aquaculture.  He has worked with a variety of fin and shellfish species in both New Zealand and Canada in production management, compliance, and communications. In his spare time, you can find him spending time with his family, sailing, biking, and tinkering in his workshop.


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Aaron Switzer is a hatchery manager, fish farmer at heart. He has climbed the ladder from an entry-level fish culturist to overseeing operations at three of Michigan’s six state run fish hatcheries. What began as an exercise in cutting utility costs eight years ago has turned into Michigan’s Fish Production Program leading the way with renewable energy. Aaron enjoys fishing, golfing, snowboarding and exploring the outdoors with his family.

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