2020 NFI Shrimp School



We have some important news regarding NFI’s Shrimp School. We know many of you have concerns that spring 2020 is too soon to hold any events – and we agree. Today we made the decision to postpone Shrimp School until early November. We will provide you with exact dates as soon as we have confirmation from the host facility and instructors. Temperatures are still mild at that time of year in the Outer Banks, hotel rooms reasonable, and sunsets memorable. Combine that with a state-of-the-art facility and instructors like Dr. Steve Otwell – we can’t wait to host you in the fall. 

NFI wishes the best for you and your company during this time. NFI has created a messaging website on coronavirus and seafood that can serve as a resource for FAQs and talking points (including food safety). 

Registration will re-open once we confirm the new date. If you request more information, please contract rbarry@nfi.org.


NFI’s Shrimp School is a leading industry event. Now on its third session, Shrimp School, MC’d by the dynamic Dr. Steve Otwell (Emeritus Professor, University of Florida), has established itself as an unmatched environment for classroom instruction, hands-on learning and business networking. 

In 2020, Shrimp School returns May 5-May 7 taking place on East Carolina Outer Banks campus at the Coastal Studies Institute, Roanoke Island , NC. An educational forum, Shrimp School convenes business, academia and regulators for teaching and training on topical issues within the shrimp industry. Space is limited.

The agenda will feature the shrimp community’s foremost thought-leaders addressing recent and pressing developments within their fields. As a lecture series and hands-on sensory course, NFI’s Shrimp School will equip seafood professionals with the background and skills needed to make informed decisions on a diverse range of shrimp product issues. There will also be networking events. Contact NFI’s Richard Barry with specific questions (rbarry@nfi.org).

Sessions: The Shrimp School program will cover a variety of shrimp issues. Full agenda with speakers coming soon. 


•  U.S. Shrimp Market 

•  Shrimp and the End-user, Retail/Restaurant Perspective

•  Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)/Third Party Accreditation

•  Moisture Controls

•  Shrimp Decomposition 

•  FDA Sensory training 

•  Phosphate taste test

•  International Trade Issues

•  Sustainability 

•  Shrimp Processing 

•  Aquaculture, Disease and Antibiotics

Sensory Workshop Add-on (Multiple Species-NEW!): In addition to the basic sensory training offered during the regular program, FDA will be conducting an intensive course following the completion of Shrimp School during the afternoon of May 7th and May 8th. The extra one-day workshop will feature shrimp and other species (Species menu coming soon) and is ideal for those wanting to hone their sensory skill set with more targeted instruction. In addition, the added instruction and assessment is necessary for private lab personnel seeking to obtain FDA certification. Space is limited to 21 participants on a first registration basis.

Location: NFI’s Shrimp School will take place at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute. Located in North Carolina’s scenic Outer Banks region, UNC Coastal Studies Institute is a LEED certified building featuring a state-of-the-art campus with lab and classroom settings. The campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands and sound ecosystems. The physical address is 850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981. The closest airport to the facility is Norfolk International Airport. Car rental is suggested. 

Hotel: NFI has reserved a rooming block at the Holiday Inn Express Nags Head Oceanfront (4701 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959). For reservations call 252-441-0454 and mention NFI Shrimp School to receive the special room rate of $180 (oceanfront)/$152 (non-oceanfront) plus tax. This rate will be available until the conference room block is filled or April 13, 2020, whichever comes first. 


Payment: A 5% credit card fee has been added. If you are sending a check please submit it for appropriate amount (see rates above) and made out to National Fisheries Institute. 

Cancellation/Substitution Policy: Please contact Richard Barry rbarry@nfi.org. 

Non-NFI Member: Shrimp School USD 3,045.00 Sold Out!
NFI Member: Shrimp School USD 1,575.00 Sold Out!
Add-On Session: Shrimp School USD 472.50 Sold Out!
When & Where
May 5
5th - 7th May 2020
Manteo, NC
2020-05-05 08:00 AM 2020-05-07 11:30 AM America/New_York 2020 NFI Shrimp School 850 North Carolina 345 Manteo, NC, United States 27954

UNC Coastal Studies Institute