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  • Fri, Feb 22, 20198:30 AM  Sat, Feb 23, 201912:00 PM
  • Orange Beach, AL (map)

Our third Oyster South Symposium is 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.

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Thursday Morning


Thursday Afternoon

Ocean Acidification and Other Shellfish   Mortality Events Panel, Moderated by Ryan Ono, Ocean Conservancy

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Director’s   Welcome Reception, Playa Restaurant


8:00 am to 8:30 am


8:30 am to 8:45 am

Welcome, Beth Walton

Science You Can Use

8:45 am to 9:00 am

Efficacy of biofouling mitigation methods for floating cage production of southeastern triploid Eastern oysters, Shannon Kirk, University of Georgia

9:00 am to 9:15 am

Comparing off-bottom oyster aquaculture techniques in the Northern Gulf of Mexico on   biofouling, Ellis Chapman. Louisiana State University

9:15 am to 9:30 am

Return on investment of floating cage production, Julie Davis

9:30 am to 9:45 am

Assessment   of Financial Risk in Off-bottom Culture on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Leslie Sturmer, University of Florida

9:45 am to 10:00 am

Investigating summer mortality in triploids   in the northern Gulf of Mexico, Sarah Bodenstein, Auburn University

10:00 am to 10:15 am

Effects of gear type and season on Vibrios in farmed oysters after routine handling, Vicki Pruente, Auburn University

10:15 am to 10:40 am

Refreshment   Break

Different Perspectives

10:40 am to 11:00 am

Oyster farming as restoration, Pete Malinowski,   Billion Oyster Project

11:00 am to 11:20 am

Revenge of the nerds: Effects of debt financing on your heavy, sharp rock farm,   Matthew Parker, University of Maryland

11:20 am to 11:40 am

Research farm network, Diane Murphy, Cape   Cod Cooperative Extension & Woods Hole Sea Grant

11:40 am to Noon

Rethinking how we think about seed transfers, Ryan Carnegie, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Noon to 1:00 pm


1:00 pm to 1:40 pm

Need   for Seed Panel Discussion, Moderated by Julie Davis

1:40 pm to 2:20 pm

Three Minute Tech Talks, Moderated by Jason   Rider & Chuck Weirich, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

2:20 pm to 2:40 pm

Refreshment Break

2:40 pm to 3:20 pm

Lessons from the Storms Panel Discussion,   Moderated by Chuck Weirich, North Carolina Sea Grant

3:20 pm to 4:00 pm

Impacts   of Climate Change Panel Discussion, Moderated by Sally McGee, The Nature   Conservancy

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Trade Show and Happy Hour

  • DePaola Consulting
  • Go Deep
  • Great Georgia Oyster Company
  • Hoopers Island Oyster Company
  • Ketcham Supply
  • OysterGro
  • OysterTracker
  • Sea Farms Consulting, LLC
  • Sea Grant
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Triple N
  • University of Florida

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Friends & Farmers, Fisher’s Dockside Restaurant


8:00 am to 9:00 am


9:00 am to 9:20 am

Under the Oyster South   Hood, Beth Walton

9:20 am to 9:40 am

Finding your tribe, Johnny Fisher, Fisher’s & Playa

9:40 am to 10:20 am

The Importance, or Not, of Quality Panel Discussion, Moderated by Bill Walton

10:20 am to 10:40 am

Refreshment Break

10:40 am to 11:00 am

An educated staff, Julia Sullivan,   Henrietta Red

11:00 am to 11:20 am

Lessons   from cocktails, Caroline Rosen, Tales of the Cocktail

11:20 am to Noon

Telling the Story Panel Discussion,   Moderated by Erin Byers Murray and Jennifer Kornegay


Closing and   Farewells, Beth Walton

Gold Sponsors

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

National Sea Grant

Silver Sponsors

Louisiana Sea Grant

Bronze Sponsors

Evan’s Meats & Seafood

Georgia Sea Grant

Go Deep

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources


Texas Sea Grant

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