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2015 Virginia Aquaculture Conference. USDA-NRCS Jeff Jones State Biologist

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2015 Virginia Aquaculture Conference USDA-NRCS Jeff Jones State Biologist Welcome! Goals: Inform industry/producers of NRCS aquaculture financial assistance programs Discuss future possibilities for finfish/prawn
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2015 Virginia Aquaculture Conference USDA-NRCS Jeff Jones State Biologist Welcome! Goals: Inform industry/producers of NRCS aquaculture financial assistance programs Discuss future possibilities for finfish/prawn aquaculture Photos courtesy of VIMS/VMRC Currently TWO programs/practices: 1) Restoration & Management of Declining Habitats Oyster bed restoration/enhancement 2) Bivalve Aquaculture Gear Cycling Bag, net, or cage cycling Overall Goal is Improving Water Quality and Restoring Oyster Reef Habitat! Must meet basic eligibility requirements: 1) VMRC technical pre-approval Complete pre-approval form and return to VMRC Must meet basic eligibility requirements: 1) VMRC Technical Pre-approval Complete pre-approval form and return to VMRC 2) NRCS Program eligibility Provide approved VMRC form to your local NRCS District Conservationist District Conservationist will then review NRCS eligibility criteria and assist you moving forward Control/own eligible land, HEL/WC and AGI compliant Oyster Bed Restoration/Enhancement Implementation/Certification Requirements 1. Bottom Preparation Place oyster shell cultch on approved bottom Restoration approximately 2,000-5,000 bu./acre depending on site Enhancement approximatively 1,000-3,000 bu./acre depending on site Photo courtesy of VIMS/VMRC Oyster Bed Restoration/Enhancement -continued Implementation/Certification Requirements - continued 2. Planting Place approximately 1,000 bushels/acre of spat-on-shell Spat set on whole or half oyster shells are eligible: spat set on shell fragments are not eligible Photos courtesy VIMS/VMRC Oyster Bed Restoration/Enhancement -continued Implementation/Certification Requirements - continued VMRC is the lead on verifying that these implementation/certification requirements have been met Oyster Bed Restoration/Enhancement -continued Payment Rate(s) $10,000/acre for restoration $5,000/acre for enhancement Individual footprints of leased ground will only be eligible for two payments One restoration payment One enhancement payment Maximum payment of $20,000 per contract and individual or entity for restoration/enhancement Bivalve Aquaculture Gear Cycling Eligible Bivalve Aquaculture Gear Oyster bags Clam nets Oyster cages Payment Rate(s) $26 up to $135 depending on type of gear Photos courtesy VIMS/VMRC Bivalve Aquaculture Gear Cycling -continued Gear cycling Eligibility/Implementation/Certification Requirements Description of gear type and amount Description of current gear cleaning techniques Contact VMRC when gear is ready to be certified Maximum payment of $5,000 per contract and individual or entity for gear cycling Bivalve Aquaculture Gear Cycling -continued Gear cycling Implementation/Certification Requirements -continued VMRC is the lead on verifying that these implementation/certification requirements have been met Continuous sign up, however important dates: Application Deadline February 19, 2016 Ranking Deadline March 18, 2016 Additional Information Additional Information - continued Questions? Discuss Future Possibilities for the Finfish/Prawn Industries Possibilities should benefit water quality! Opportunities? Photos courtesy of USDA, NRCS, ARS, & VA Extension Contact Information Jeff Jones USDA/NRCS State Biologist Richmond, Virginia Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C or call (800) (voice) or (202) (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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