‘The global eel business can be notoriously dark and corrupt’

Camden Conference presents Sara Rademaker: glass eel farming in America

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    CAMDEN — The Camden Conference, in partnership with the Camden Public Library, presents Sara Rademaker, founder of American Unagi, LLC on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

    The global eel business can be notoriously dark and corrupt, and one of Rademaker's goals in founding the company was to provide transparency in the sourcing and raising of glass eels, or elvers, to locally produce the highest quality fish for the billion-dollar eel market. Until the founding of American Unagi, in 2014, Maine's elver fishery had been supplying only overseas aquaculture players and their supply chains. Rademaker has changed the narrative by establishing a domestic aquaculture industry for eels to be raised here on the Maine coast and creating transparency in the supply chain.

    Rademaker's nearly 20-year aquaculture career has spanned aquaculture production, R&D, and education focusing on a variety of species ranging from microalgae to tilapia. Her work has taken her to multiple continents working on projects from large-scale production facilities to micro-aquaculture businesses operated by students. First connecting to Maine as an Americorps volunteer, she became deeply entrenched in Maine’s aquaculture and fishing communities and recognized an opportunity in the raising of eels.

    NOTE: This special presentation will be held in the Camden Public Library's Picker Room for a limited in-person audience, currently capped at 35 persons, and will also be available on Zoom. To reserve a seat to attend the presentation in person, email jpierce@librarycamden.org. You will receive an email confirming your reservation or wait-list status.

    To register to attend remotely via Zoom, click the link below.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OS1-wbi0ToSMlyyijRCEgQ

    For information on the 36th Annual Camden Conference: Global Trade and Politics: Managing Turbulence, February 17-19, 2023 please visit camdenconference.org

    The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues.

    Event Date: 

    Tue, 09/20/2022 - 6:30pm

    Event Location: 

    Camden Public Library and Zoom

    Address: 

    55 Main Street
    Camden, ME 04843
    United States