Recap of the 2023 Ontario Aquaculture Association conference

The Ontario Aquaculture Association welcomed over 175 fish farmers, suppliers, researchers and government officials for our first conference in four years. The two-day event at Fern Resort in Orillia included 32 presentations on a wide range of issues, along with plenty of fish tasting, social events and a new annual fish-wear competition. The conference also gave our community the chance to honour the memory of Big John Woodhouse and celebrate the (semi)retirement of Rich Moccia.

Greetings from the Hon. Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Greetings from the Hon. Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Welcome to our new board member Nathan Kanasawe

Nathan Kanasawe is a second-generation fish farmer, Indigenous artist and transgender education activist. Read more about Nathan. 

Download the conference presentations 

Most of the conference presentations are saved in a Google Drive. If there is a particular presentation you were looking for an it isn’t here, email as some presenters are happy to share but didn’t want their presentations posted publicly. 

Conference Presentations 2023

Thanks again to our sponsors!

We continue to make our annual conference bigger, better and more fun thanks to the support of our sponsors.

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SEA you next year!