SST 36th Annual Conference

TransAtlantic Fisheries Technology Conference 2012


October 30 - November 2, 2012
Clearwater Beach, FL


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Featured Topic

“Seafood Product Integrity”  to address the science, commerce and regulations involving use of food additives and processing aids for moisture control, shelf-life extension and sensory attributes, plus nutritional and labeling consequences.

Diverse Audience

The meeting is open to commercial interests, government agencies, academic expertise and students.  The shared interest is the application of food science to the unique problems of production, processing, packaging, distribution, storage and preparation of all aquatic food products be they harvested, cultured or fabricated for domestic or international commerce.  The principle objective is to advance the use and understanding of applied and basic science as it relates to seafood product quality and safety and related resource utilization. 

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Registration & Deadlines

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  • September 15th - Deadline for lowest conference registration rate ($300  vs. $350 US Dollars).
    BEST to register by the Conference website  to avoid problems with paying on site with cash or checks (US Dollars). There is an ATM machine for cash (dollars) in the hotel. Regular checks and Travelers checks will only be accepted for the exact amount and the must be payable through a USA bank. All checks should be drafted to ‘UFLEF’ for proper handling and clearance for the conference.
  • October 2nd - Deadline for special room rate ($155/night plus tax US Dollars) at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort Hotel in Clearwater Beach, Florida ( This rate is available for a few days before and after the TAFT conference dates. BEST to register in advance. This location is very popular and hotel options in the immediate area are difficult to find at a similar rate.  

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There will be over 115 presentations. Abstracts as originally submitted by the authors will be compiled in a printed program for all attendees. The final program was based on advice from the TAFT Technical Planning Committees that recommended an agenda with balance for oral and poster presentations relative to the number of abstracts and topics submitted per person, program and area.

Oral presentations will be strictly limited to 20 minutes in order to be fair to the other presentations and the audience. The 20 minutes includes the talk and time for questions. The presentations can be emailed in advance to ( ) or loaded on-site from common USB flash drives. The Microsoft Powerpoint files must be available before 8:00AM on the morning of the scheduled presentation.

Posters will be a featured part of the program with a special setting immediately adjacent to the main meeting room. This setting will also house the breaks, displays and a social/attitude adjustment at the end of each daily proceeding. All posters should be in place by 8:00AM on the scheduled day and remain in place through the daily program until the end of the social at 6:30PM. Posters support will be provided and directions for poster preparation will be provided for all authors that RSVP their attendance. Please reference the Poster listings in the program draft issued Aug 28, 2012. The poster board displays will be 4x8 feet (1.2x2.4 meters). All customary science posters should include a picture of the attending author.  The fonts, figures  and layout should be large and clear enough for viewing from 1 meter standing distance.

The full day posting will assure access by all conference participants. The authors are encouraged to accompany the poster with some frequency, especially during breaks and the daily social. Also, in addition to the printed abstracts in the program, the authors are encouraged  provide handouts that can be shared with participants with a particular interest. NOTE: The poster and  handouts should include a picture of the author(s) and information for contacting the authors. The pictures will help identify the authors attending the conference. Conference attendance may reach 150. The conference will print the handouts if the authors submit them to Zina Williams before October 18th ( )

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For complete agenda, click here.

Monday, October 29
3:00 p.m. Registration Desk Open for Early Arrivals
Tuesday, October 30 • Seafood Quality, Safety and Value Added Products      GO TO DAY SPECIFIC AGENDA
9:00 a.m. Registration Open
  Group Meetings (space available)
11:30 p.m. Welcome and Opening Ceremony Luncheon for All Registrants
  Guest Speakers
1:00–2:40 p.m. Technical Session 1 - Functional Seafood and Ingredients
1:00–6:30 p.m. Concurrent Poster Session for Technical Session 1 and 2
2:40 p.m. Break
3:00–5:00 p.m. Technical Session 2 - Seafood Utilization
5:00–6:30 p.m. Social/Refreshments (dinner on own)
6:00–7:30 p.m. SST, AFT and WEFTA Executive Committee Meetings
Wednesday, October 31 • Seafood Quality, Safety and Value Added Products     GO TO DAY SPECIFIC AGENDA
7:00–8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00–10:00 a.m. Technical Session 3 – Muscle Chemistry
8:00–6:30 p.m. Concurrent Poster Session for Technical Sessions 3 through 6
10:00 a.m. Break
10:20–12:00 p.m. Technical Session 4 – Seafood Processing 1
12:00 p.m. Informal Lunch
1:20–3:00 p.m. Technical Session 5 – Seafood Processing 2
3:00 p.m. Break
3:20–5:00 p.m. Technical Session 6 – Seafood Processing 3
5:00–6:30 p.m. Social/Refreshments (dinner on own)
Thursday, November 1 • Feature Sessions "Seafood Product Integrity"      GO TO DAY SPECIFIC AGENDA
7:00–8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00–10:20 a.m. Feature Session – Topic 1: Moisture Control
10:20 a.m. Break and Displays
10:40–12:00 p.m. Feature Session – Topic 2: Sodium Levels in Seafood
12:00 p.m. Informal Lunch
1:00–6:30 p.m. Concurrent Poster Session for Topics 1 through 3
1:20–3:00 p.m. Feature Session – Topic 3: Seafood Safety
3:00 p.m. Break
3:20–5:00 p.m. Feature Session – Topic 3: Seafood Safety (continued)
5:00–6:30 p.m. Social/Refreshments
6:30 p.m. Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremonies (casual attire)
Friday, November 2 • Feature Sessions "Seafood Product Integrity" (continued)     GO TO DAY SPECIFIC AGENDA
7:00–8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00–10:00 a.m. Feature Session – Topic 4: Species Identification and Product Origin
8:00–12:00 p.m. Concurrent Poster Session for Topic 4
10:00 a.m. Break
10:20–12:00 p.m. Feature Session – Topic 4: Species Identification and Product Origin (continued)
12:00 p.m. Adjourn the TAFT Conference• Informal Lunch

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Travel Information

The best airport for meeting access is Tampa, Florida (TPA; ). The drive from the airport to the meeting is best by routine taxi ($50-55 US Dollars one way). Taxi driving time is about 30 to 40 minutes depending on the traffic hour through some older, congested parts of town leading to the beach. For participants that RSVP with airline and arrival times in Tampa, the University of Florida will try to coordinate some complimentary shuttle service.

All major car rental services are available at the Tampa Airport, but the AVIS car rental is the only location for convenient returns at the beach. Groups could consider renting a car for the easy, direct drive to the beach where they could return the car.

Airport options include Orlando or Miami, but the required travel time by car could be over 3 hours or 5 hours, respectfully. These locations are only recommended if travelers want to vacation (Orlando Disney World, etc…) or visit other sites and friends.

All conference activities will occur at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort Hotel. The featured event daily will be Sunset Ceremonies (6:45PM) on the beach. The conference will provide continental breakfast and buffet lunches daily, plus a Gala Dinner and Award Ceremonies at the hotel Thursday night.  If persons want to visit adjacent areas of the beach, ground transport about the immediate beach area is complimentary with the hotel shuttle. There are a few smaller restaurants in walking distance from the hotel.

Further travels and plans to visit Florida or the region will require driving. Dr. Otwell is very familiar with the area and region and can offer advice on routes, locations and tips for Orlando, Miami, Key West, Everglades or elsewhere. Email request to .

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Hotel Information

Sheraton Sand Key Resort
1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

The Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater, Florida  is located directly on a large white and soft sand beach facing the Gulf of Mexico. The seasonal temperatures are ideal during October in Clearwater Beach . This location is accessible via all major airlines through the international airport in Tampa, Florida . Taxi or shuttle travel time from the airport can range from 20 to 40 minutes depending on daily traffic.

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Dress & Weather

The recommended dress is business casual for the entire conference. No need to bring suits, ties or high heels! You are directly on the beach and the seasonal temperatures can be pleasant (22-25°C). Bring a bathing suit, sunglasses and good attitude. The conference dress for all events will be business casual or comfortable, but you do have to wear shoes. The conference agenda is full, so plan to come early or stay late. The hotel has extended rates before and after the conference. Early morning and evenings walks are great on the beach and the Gala Dinner is planned as an outside, informal Florida event.

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Cash & Currency Conversion

A convenient ATM machine is located in the hotel for US Dollars and banks are a short distance. The hotel may not accept certain checks without assurance of payment through a US bank. Customary travelers checks will be accepted for payment in US Dollars.


Coordinator for the 2012 TAFT meeting

Dr. Steve Otwell
SST Director & Conference Coordinator

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Conference Organizers

Combining the experience and talent of three international organizations jointly meeting for the 4th Trans-Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference.

SST Seafood Science and Technology Society of Americas
AFTC Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference
WEFTA Western European Fisheries Technology Association

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