45th East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s & Aquaculture Trade Exposition

Roland E. Powell Convention Center

Ocean City, Maryland

January 18th-20th, 2019

Cocktail Party

Friday, January 18, 2019

Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel (Ocean City)

6:30PM Cocktail Party

7:15PM Auction

Open Bar Until 8PM

Tickets are $35

Show Hours

Friday, January 18

11AM to 5PM

Saturday, January 19

10AM to 5PM

Sunday, January 20

10AM to 3PM

Tickets are $15/day & $25/2-days

The East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s and Aquaculture Trade Expo is the only commercial fishing show produced in the Mid-Atlantic region. Each year thousands of commercial fishermen, charterboat captains, aquaculturists, scientists, educators and public from Maine to Florida enjoy the show.


We are looking forward to making Expo 2019 the best one to yet.


All of us at the Maryland Watermen’s Association look forward to seeing you in Ocean City, MD at the Expo January 18-20, 2019.


In case you missed last year’s show, here is an excellent snippet courtesy of David Kaltenbach of Kaltenbach Productions.


Hotel Accommodations

The Clarion Fontainebleau is the Headquarter Hotel for the 2018 Expo. It is also the site of the Maryland Watermen’s Association’s annual cocktail party, which will be held Friday, January 18, 2019.  Prices for hotels do not include tax.

Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel, located at 101st Street and Coastal Highway. Queen, king, and double rooms available for $79.  Reservations must be made by January 4, 2019 to receive the discounted room rate.  For reservations call 800-638-2100.

Hilton Suites Ocean City, Located at 32nd Street and oceanfront.  Rate is $99.00 January 17 and January 20; $119.00 January 18 and January 19.  For reservations call (410) 289-6444.

Holiday Inn Oceanfront, located at 67th and Oceanfront. Rates are $54 per night January 17 and January 20; $69 a night January 18 and January 19. All rooms are oceanfront with a private balcony or patio, 2 double or 2 king beds and a pull out sofa.  Call 800-837-3588 reservations and mention Maryland Watermen for this rate.

Quality Inn Oceanfront, located at 5400 Coastal Highway. Rate is $69 a night January 18 and January 19; and $54 January 20. The hotel will not be open on January 17. Call 800-837-3586.

Comfort Inn Gold Coast, located at 11201 Coastal Highway. Rate is $49 per night for standard rooms with 2 beds based on double occupancy. Guests may upgrade to a bay view room with 2 double beds for an additional $10 or a king room for an additional $20 per night.


Residence Inn by Marriott, located at 61st Street & the bay. Rates are $69 per night January 17 to January 20. All suites are bayfront with a private balcony, King or double queen beds , full-sized kitchen, and a pull out sofa.  FREE breakfast daily. Call 410.723.2222 ext. 5008.

Seminar Schedule

Saturday, January 19, 2019


Moderator: Don Webster, University of Maryland Extension

11:00 East Coast Shellfish Growers Association: Current Issues and Trends in Shellfish Aquaculture

Bob Rheault, Executive Director

The ECSGA has a long history of effectively representing the shellfish aquaculture industry at the state and federal level. We present the issues affecting the industry and the programs that the association has developed to minimize laws and regulations that create problems for growers.

11:30 What To Expect When You’re Expecting….Seed Or Larvae

Mike Congrove, Oyster Seed Holdings

The realities of dealing with a shellfish hatchery, from production issues that come up to getting orders in early and timing your supply to meet your needs. Growers and hatchery operators have a relationship in their businesses that require each to be aware of each other’s problems to make things work smoothly.

12:00 PM The Chesapeake Growers Network: How We Can Help You

Allison Colden, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Growers Network is a program funded by the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission that includes a mentoring program to team new growers with experienced ones, create a database for financial assistance program, provide GIS assistance for mapping leases and organize an aquaculture conference for 2019. We provide you with the details for helping your business grow.

12:30 PM Can I Make a Profit Growing Oysters?

Matt Parker, University of Maryland Extension

If you’re not making a profit raising oysters, it’s an expensive hobby. Matt will show the details of his work in determining how to make a profit growing oysters in this region. Spreadsheets that can be used to calculate profit and loss in shellfish aquaculture allows growers to better understand the operation of their businesses.

1:00 PM What is the Value of the Maryland Shellfish Industry?

 Jonathan Van Senten, Virginia Tech

The National Aquaculture Association has embarked on a study of how government laws and regulations affect the growth and profitability of various segments of the aquaculture industry. They are now studying the East Coast industry and will detail what has been found to date and relate it to their findings of other industry segments.

1:30 PM NOAA’s Fisheries Finance Program for Commercial Fishing and Aquaculture

Brian Summers, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

NOAA has provided beneficial finance programs for aiding the development of commercial fishing and aquaculture for many years. Criteria and procedures for the Fisheries Finance Program will be described. The program can provide capital to experienced fishermen and aquaculturists for purchasing and operating vessels and shoreside facilities.

2:00 PM Virginia Fisheries Research Grant Program: Putting Ideas into Action

Karen Hudson & Bob Fisher, VIMS Sea Grant

The FRGP allows commercial fishermen and aquaculturists to apply for grant funds to develop new techniques, procedures and equipment that can make their businesses more profitable. Examples of projects will presented, as well as an overview of the procedures for applying for a grant and the reporting that is required at completion.

2:30 PM Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Activities

Tina Berger, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

The FRGP allows commercial fishermen and aquaculturists to apply for grant funds to develop new techniques, procedures and equipment that can make their businesses more profitable. Examples of projects will presented, as well as an overview of the procedures for applying for a grant and the reporting that is required at completion.


Exhibitor List

More information coming soon!

For Vendors:

 If you are a business interested in exhibiting at our show, please check out our exhibitor brochure. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 410-216-6610 or info@marylandwatermen.com

Top photograph courtesy of Jay Fleming

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