Join us Thursday, April 23 as we hear from
Angelos Apeitos, Hatchery Manager at USM’s Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center in Ocean Springs, MS
Managing Aquaculture Projects at USM's Marine Aquaculture Center
Would you like to know what it’s like managing one of the largest and technologically advanced Marine Aquaculture facilities across five states? Join us to learn about the history and current operations of USM’s Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center and how the center staff manages aquaculture projects. These projects include scientific research and public/private partnerships to expand and enhance aquaculture farming to feed our growing population. The presentation will also include a look ahead to the role aquaculture will play in the Mississippi Blue Economy in the future.
See below for our new meeting location this quarter!
About the Speaker
Angelos Apeitos serves as the Hatchery Manager of the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center, an advanced research unit housed within the School of Ocean Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Apeitos leads the hatchery team of students and professionals that work with Academia, industry, government and non-profit organizations to advance sustainable aquaculture on land and in coastal and marine environments. Prior to joining USM in December of 2000, Apeitos was employed by the Oceanic Institute in Hawaii, where he and a team of scientists provided oversight for one of the first commercial scale offshore aquaculture demonstration projects, to test the feasibility of offshore aquaculture in the US and create a pathway for the expansion of the aquaculture industry.
Apeitos is originally from the island of Cyprus, a small island in the South East Mediterranean, and holds a Master of Science in coastal science from USM and a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology from Hawaii Pacific University. Apeitos has been instrumental in the establishment and evolution of the Seatrout Population Enhancement Cooperative program at the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center since its inception in 2004. He was also instrumental in the development of culture protocols for the intensive culture of the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper and more recently, the design of the new. state of the art, USM oyster hatchery, scaled to produce up to 5 billion oyster larvae annually for restoration purposes and the advancement of oyster aquaculture in an environmentally friendly system utilizing recirculating aquaculture technology and artificial seawater.
Chapter meeting logistics:
5:30pm - Social Hour and Networking
6:00pm - Dinner and Chapter Business
6:30pm – Guest Speaker's Presentation
New Meeting Location this quarter:
McElroy's on the Bayou
705 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS 39564