1st Oyster South Symposium Agenda

January 27-28, 2017 Auburn, AL

Friday, Jan. 27th

8:00 Coffee & light snacks 8:40 Introductions

Beth Walton & Bryan Rackley (Oyster South)

8:55 Welcome to the Symposium

Bill Walton (Auburn University)

9:00 Southern Shellfish – A North Carolina Grower’s Perspective

Jay Styron (Carolina Mariculture)

9:20 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid

Robert Rheault (East Coast Shellfish Growers Association)

9:40 Hatchery Capacity and Seed Availability in the Southeast Region

Scott Rikard (Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory)

10:00 Bottle Nursery Components and Operation for Small Oyster Seed Production

John Supan (Louisiana State University)

10:20 Morning Break

10:40 Breeding for Disease Resistance in Oysters at Louisiana State University

John Supan & Brian Callam (Louisiana State University)

11:00 Techniques and Tools Used by South Carolina Oyster Farmers

Julie Davis (South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium)

11:20 Evaluation of the Floating Cage System in Coastal Alabama

Curtis Gamble & Bill Walton* (Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia &

Auburn University)

11:40 Summer Growth and Survival of Oysters in Cage Aquaculture at Different Tidal Locations in Georgia

Tom Bliss, Justin Manley & Rob Hein (University of Georgia)

Noon Lunch

1:00 Update on Oyster Aquaculture in North Carolina

Chuck Weirich (North Carolina Sea Grant)

1:10 Update on Oyster Aquaculture in South Carolina

Julie Davis (South Carolina Sea Grant)

1:20 Update on Oyster Aquaculture in Georgia

Tom Bliss (University of Georgia)

1:30 Update on Oyster Aquaculture in Florida

Leslie Sturmer (University of Florida)

1:40 Update on Oyster Aquaculture in Alabama

Bill Walton (Auburn University)

1:50 Update on Oyster Aquaculture in Mississippi

Jason Rider (Mississippi Department of Marine Resources)

2:00 Update on Oyster Aquaculture in Louisiana

John Supan (Louisiana State University)

2:10 Update on Texas Oyster Aquaculture and Fishery Legislation

John Scarpa & Lance Robinson (Texas A&M at Corpus Christi & Texas

Department of Parks & Wildlife)

2:20 Afternoon Break

2:40 Managing Consumer Risk through Culture Practices

Victoria Pruente* & Stephanie Grodeska (Auburn University & Louisiana

State University)

3:00 Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus in North Carolina Oysters and Clams

Brett Froelich (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

3:20 Seafood Industry Insurance

David McCaleb (McCaleb-Metzler Banker’s Insurance)

3:40 Disaster Prep and Response – Open Discussion

Moderated by Julie Davis (South Carolina Sea Grant)

4:00-5:30 Trade Show and Posters (Lobby)

Angelo DePaolo Consulting, Bouctouche Bay Industries (OysterGro)

BST, Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company, SEAPA

6:00 Mixer at Acre Restaurant (bracelet required, limited entry)

Saturday, Jan. 28th

8:00 Coffee & light snacks
9:00 Wakulla Environmental Institute’s Oyster Aquaculture Program

Bob Ballard (Wakulla Environmental Institute)

9:20 Future of #OysterLove: 2017 Trend Forecast

Julie Qiu (In a Half Shell)

9:40 Marketing – you work too hard to accept chump change for your product!

Robert Rheault (East Coast Shellfish Growers Association)

10:00 Oysters and Beer: Learnings from Good People and the Craft Beer Movement

Carlton Wood, Ellen Faulkner & Jennifer Dira (Lewis Communications)

10:20 Morning Break

10:40 Perspectives from Magazine Street on Southern Oysters

Ryan Prewitt (Peche)

11:00 Working with Your State to Promote Oysters

Jim Smith (Top Chef, Alabama Governor’s Chef)

11:20 Importance of Co-ops and Partner Farms to Kimball House

Bryan Rackley (Kimball House)

11:40 Future Oyster South Symposiums – Open Discussion

Moderated by Bill Walton (Auburn University)

Noon Symposium Concludes


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