Aquaculture Conference & Cultured Seafood Festival opening to the public

New Bern, NC (WITN) - For the first time, the NC Aquaculture Conference and Cultured Seafood Festival is opening for the public to learn more about seafood production in Eastern Carolina.

This year marks the conference's 30th anniversary, but it will be the first time the Seafood Festival is opened to the public.

Aquaculture is the business of farming aquatic plants and animals, and event organizers say that North Carolina prides itself as being one of the most respected aquaculture producing states in the U.S.!

Tickets are available online for $50 and include: Steamed oysters/clams with the "fixins", low-country crawfish boil, fried oysters, Lemon pepper Tilapia, Carolina Classic Fried catfish, Grilled Striped Bass with Mango Chutney, eutafee, prawn Jambalaya, a tasting of fresh NC oysters in the shell, shucking demonstrations and more! Food will be prepared by award-winning "Chef Smoke" of "The Flame Restaurant" in New Bern.

The event is being held on Friday, March 9 from 6-9pm at the New Bern Riverfront Conference Center.

You can find more information by calling 919-515-6780 or visiting

ncacquaculture.org.