Courses and Events

December 11, 2018

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February 26, 2019
During this 3-day course, community-based teams will focus on the economics, community character, natural resources, and partnership-building skills necessary for creating sustainable communities.  Teams will identify opportunities to differentiate their communities based upon their unique assets, have the opportunity to hear the latest trends in bringing alternative energy or transportation or sustainable agriculture practices to their rural communities, and develop specific action plans for implementation when they return home!

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May 14, 2019

1:30 PM Senate Room
Capital Hilton
Washington, DC


The Freshwater Institute is hosting a session at RASTech on Fish Production in RAS:

RAS Operations must employ personnel with wide-ranging expertise and must utilize effective technologies that support a range of processes including: fish production, water chemistry, waste treatment, harvesting/processing, and more.  As such, the Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute research team works comprehensively across a range of scientific disciplines to provide practical information to RAS fish farmers and stakeholders. TCFFI has been researching and developing environmentally friendly fish production systems for nearly three decades. Their research scope includes: recirculation aquaculture system engineering and technology, fish health and biological performance, development of standard operating procedures and fish husbandry techniques, optimization of fish culture environment through water chemistry analytics, aquafeeds research, innovative wastewater treatment, and at the end of the cycle - fillet and product quality research. This session is designed to emphasize this wide spectrum of important RAS topics through the innovative research being carried out by the Freshwater Institute team.

The Freshwater Institute & CtrlAQUA, Norway: A multi-year research collaboration on RAS-based Atlantic salmon production.
Christopher Good, Director of Aquaculture Research


Integrating membrane biological reactors within RAS culturing rainbow trout – A preliminary evaluation.
John Davidson, Research Scientist


Practical problem solving and management technologies to address RAS challenges.
Curtis Crouse, Assistant Aquaculture Production Manager


Determining the effects of photoperiod regimes on growth performance, health, and maturation of Atlantic salmon in freshwater RAS.
Christopher Good, Director of Aquaculture Research


Woodchip bioreactors for treating RAS wastewater: Evaluating performance, economic feasibility, and environmental impact.
Christine Lepine, Research Associate


Fillet and product quality research at TCFFI: Off-flavor remediation, harvest techniques, and humane slaughter.
John Davidson, Research Scientist


Analyzing economies of scale for land-based recirculation aquaculture systems.
Laura Bailey, Project Engineer


Stakeholder Q&A - An opportunity to discuss FI research: past, present, and future.

June 10, 2019
This course is offered by the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Environmental Protection Agency and US Fish & Wildlife Service, in partnership with The Conservation Fund. This comprehensive week-long training is for federal and state regulators who serve on mitigation bank and in-lieu fee program Interagency Review Teams (IRTs).

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September 23, 2019

Conservation banking is a tool to conserve endangered, threatened, and other at-risk species and their habitat that reduces risks associated with the use of compensatory mitigation. Other benefits include:

  • Regulatory efficiencies for agencies, industry, project proponents, bank sponsors, and credit buyers
  • Increased transparency and predictability through advance planning at a landscape level
  • Greater economic incentives for conserving species that result in effective and sustainable conservation outcomes

This course is designed to foster collaboration among regulators, bank and other mitigation sponsors, and users - ensuring that all entities have a thorough grounding in conservation banking policy in order to facilitate the establishment of banks and in-lieu fee programs on the ground. In addition to addressing core elements of conservation banking establishment and implementation, this advanced course also covers in-lieu fee programs and other credit trading systems and concepts.

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