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Hatchery 101 – Setting up for success

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March 09, 2022


Hatchery International’s first webinar in the Hatchery International 2022 Webinar Series, sponsored by OxyGuard International, will shed a light on common challenges experienced in hatcheries by operators and managers, and the best practices used to solve them.

The Hatchery 101 webinar, which will begin at 10 a.m. EST, will be moderated by Ron Hill, founder and CEO of Velocity Aqua. Ron will host a roundtable panel of hatchery professionals who will discuss common challenges or issues that arose within their hatcheries, how they dealt with the situations, and how they looked to prevent the same issues from arising again in the future. This webinar will look at various types of hatcheries and systems to help others avoid going down the wrong path.



Ron Hill, CEO and founder of Velocity Aqua

Ron Hill, Founder and CEO of Velocity Aqua
Ron Hill is a 15-year aquaculture professional with a wide array of experience and skills. Ron has a strong background in hatchery operations, aquaculture education and aquaculture content. Ron is the founder and CEO of Velocity Aqua – Aquaculture Entrepreneur Support Service and the host of ‘Think Tanks – The Sustainable Aquaculture Podcast’.



Amanda Luxton, Ocean Falls Hatchery with Mowi Canada West.

Amanda Luxton, Hatchery Manager at Ocean Falls Hatchery with Mowi Canada West
Amanda Luxton is the hatchery manager at Ocean Falls Hatchery with Mowi Canada West. Amanda has been in the aquaculture industry for the past nine years, and has spent all her time in the freshwater department at many different sites on many unique systems.

Arlen Taylor, Cedar Crest Trout Farms.

Arlen Taylor, Co-Owner and Operations Manager of Cedar Crest Trout Farms
Arlen Taylor is co-owner and operations manager of Cedar Crest Trout Farms. A second-generation fish farmer, Arlen is an expert in fish health, husbandry and facility operations overseeing production at four land-based facilities.

Cole Cochran, North Mississippi Fish Hatchery.

Cole Cochran, Hatchery Manager at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery
Cole Cochran is the hatchery manager at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. The hatchery produces multiple cool and warm-water species including: northern largemouth bass, southern walleye, paddlefish, alligator gar, white crappie, black crappie, Magnolia crappie, grass carp, bluegill, and redear sunfish.


David McAlpine, Sandplains Aquaculture.

David McAlpine, Assistant Manager at Sandplains Aquaculture
As assistant manager at Sandplains Aquaculture, David McAlpine coordinates day-to-day operations at the facility and oversees the barramundi recirculating aquaculture system (RAS). David has a B.Sc. in marine and freshwater biology from the University of Guelph, and a post graduate certificate in aquaculture from Fleming College.

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