The 2018 Oyster South Symposium

Our second Oyster South Symposium (a meeting to bring together producers, gear suppliers, distributors, chefs, food writers, vendors, researchers, students and managers from the southeast region to discuss pressing issues and relevant, practical research on oyster aquaculture) is set for February 9-10, 2018 in Charleston, SC. Registration includes admission to all informational sessions (all day Friday and Saturday morning), all breaks, lunch on Friday, February 9th, a mixer on Friday night, and the trade show.

This year’s Symposium will feature talks on triploid oyster performance, hurricane preparation and recovery, useful tools and techniques and a discussion about branding! Don’t miss it! Register now! If you have already registered, thank you! It’s a huge help for planning.

You are not required to be a current member, but if you join Oyster South, you will get 2 emails, one receipt and one with a welcome and a discount code. You can join Oyster South here if you choose. (Note that bronze, silver and gold memberships are for non-industry members. The Symposium is highly industry-focused, so choose accordingly.)
Register (with that discount code) for the Symposium. Seats are filling up fast! Please don’t wait! You can register here!

Tentative Agenda

Friday February 9th
8:00 am to 8:45 am Sign In – Coffee and Refreshments
8:45 – 9:00 Welcome
9:00 – 10:20 Hatchery & Nursery Operations
10:20 – 10:40 Mid-morning break
10:40 – Noon Off-Bottom Methods and Techniques
Noon – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:20 Public Health & Disaster Preparedness
2:20 – 2:40 Mid-afternoon break
2:40 – 4:00 Business Planning & Permitting
4:00 – 5:30 Trade Show & Posters
Evening Mixer (TBD)

Saturday February 10th
8:00 am to 9:00 am Sign In – Coffee and Refreshments
9:00 – 10:20 Distribution & Marketing
10:20 – 10:40 Mid-morning break
10:40 – Noon Branding & Restaurant Perspectives
Noon Adjourn

Lodging

A block of rooms has been reserved for this meeting at the Hyatt Place Charleston (Check-in Thursday, February 8th and depart Saturday, February 10th at $139/night, with an option for Saturday night as well, but rooms must be booked by January 19, 2018 or until the block of rooms runs out). You can access this rate here.

Support for Commercial Oyster Growers

For commercial growers that register to attend the Symposium, National Sea Grant has provided financial assistance to defray your costs of attending this symposium by $200 (paid after attending the meeting). This benefit is on a first come, first serve basis to the first 60 commercial growers registered, so please register early. You will be contacted by email with details after you register and before the meeting.

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