Hatchery International

Virtual Event
World Trout Culture Summit
October 18, 2023 at 11:00am ET

Science is key to environmentally sustainable trout production. The World Trout Culture Summit will bring together the fisheries and aquaculture sectors to share knowledge about this freshwater species. From population enhancement in local watersheds to food security for global demand, this virtual summit aims to unite trout culturists, scientists, farmers, technicians, suppliers, and other experts to drive innovation for this valuable species.

Registration for this online event is $20 USD. All live sessions will be recorded and sent to registrants about 48 hours after the live broadcast.


Panel: Genetics & broodstock

Moderator: Jean Ko Din, editor of Hatchery International & RAStech

  • Sean Nepper, chief brood officer & VP of fish health at Riverence Trout Farms
  • Maureen Ritter, managing director of Canada Cryogenetics Services
  • Dr. Marie Smedley, senior breeding program manager at Xelect Genetics
  • Arlen Taylor, owner of Cedar Crest Trout Farms

Starting from the building blocks of genetic research, this panel will address current priorities in building a strong breeding program for both trout enhancement and farming. Though these sectors can have different breeding objectives, experts will share different methods and technical best practices that could help accomplish your genetic goals.

Panel: Growth performance

Moderator: Ben Normand, aquaculture consultant and teaching faculty at Fleming College

  • Dr. Hayri Deniz, secretary general of Mugla Fish Farmers Association
  • Dr. Mykolas Kamaitis, veterinarian & owner of Belwood Lake Veterinary Services
  • Phil Mackey, CEO of Mt. Lassen Trout Farm and past president of U.S. Trout Farmers Association
  • Oliver Robinson, head of British Trout Association

Advancements in trout nutrition, culture systems and management all contribute to stronger growth performance in fish. This expert panel will address the current challenges the industry faces and share advice on how to find right the strategy for optimized production.

Panel: RAS technology

Moderator: David Kuhn, associate professor at Virginia Tech

  • Craig Copeland, fish culture manager at the Alberta Ministry of Environment & Parks
  • John Holder, co-founder & director of technology at Gold River Aquafarms
  • Thorsten N. Vammen, general manager of FREA Solutions

This panel will explore the benefits and challenges of recirculating systems, from restocking rainbow and brown trout flow through hatcheries considering a move to RAS, to commercial farms growing trending species like Steelhead from egg to plate. What is this technology's future role and potential for trout in both enhancement fisheries and in aquaculture?

Molecular testing in aquaculture

Sponsor: Standard BioTools

Examining Trout Culture in Turkey

Dr. Hayri Deniz, secretary general of the Mugla Fish Farmers Association, discusses the significant growth of aquaculture in Turkey. Turkey has more than 2,000 fish farms, with inland fish farms being the majority. His presentation highlights the importance of site selection and fish farm size in development and management. He also mentioned that the government provides technical, financial, and social support for the sector, which has grown rapidly in the past decade.

Ontario Aquaculture Overview

RJ Taylor, managing director of the Ontario Aquaculture Association, presents the province’s long history of trout aquaculture. He talks about Ontario’s opportunity to grow the sector sustainably with strong participation from local Indigenous partners. He also shares about his experience as a second-generation trout farmer at Springhills Fish and Cedar Crest Trout Farms.


Maureen Ritter of Canada Cryogenetics Services gives a 6-minute overview of the services and products that the company provides to both aquaculture and fisheries enhancement operations.

Frequently Asked Questions About World Trout Culture Summit

When & Where?

World Trout Culture Summit will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on October 18, 2023 at 11:00am ET.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of October 18, 2023.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.