Michael Schwarz, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation and an aquaculture specialist for Virginia Cooperative Extension, has been named director of the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) in Hampton. Schwarz, a leader in aquaculture production, has worked around the globe to share his knowledge with nations and industries looking to increase sustainable food production.

In his new role, Schwarz will oversee the center’s ongoing core research and Extension programming in areas such as seafood safety, quality control, engineering, business and marketing, and education and outreach for industry and consumers. A recent addition to this programming is the incorporation of a new conservation aquaculture program designed to help both conservation and restoration efforts.

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