I am writing to report that my friend and mentor Dr. Fred Conte passed Friday evening February 19, 2021. For more information please follow this link to the California Aquaculture Association.

Congratulations on Dr. Conte’s recent retirement. For those that know Fred, rest assured he is still at it. We look forward to 44 more years of his guidance in an emeritus status!!

My programs in the Department of Animal Science include extending aquaculture related information to clientele groups and aquaculture-related research. As a Lecturer in Animal Science, I also participate in classroom instruction.

As a Cooperative Extension Specialist, my primary responsibilities are to develop and conduct programs that benefit my clientele, which include aquaculture producers, State and Federal agencies impacting aquaculture, and the general public. My work addresses both marine and freshwater production aquaculture.

In recent years, my research has focused on shellfish sanitation, modeling and software development; and aquatic animal welfare. My essential colleague in sanitation research is Dr. Abbas Ahmadi, who works with departmental faculty to in the creation of animal production-related models and software programs. Our research is a collaboration with nation-wide Public Health agencies and the marine shellfish industry to develop improved methods of shellfish sanitation analysis of shellfish growing and harvest areas; and within the framework of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program. I also conduct collaborative research with aquaculture producers and manufacturers on issues of aquatic animal welfare, one specific area that of percussion stunning of finfish to achieve humane methods of harvest.

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