The 2019 Oyster South Symposium
to Feb 23

The 2019 Oyster South Symposium

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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February 22-23, 2019 in Orange Beach, AL.

Thursday, Feb. 21st

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

Friday, Feb. 22nd

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


Saturday, Feb. 23rd

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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Landlocked 2 / October 21, 2018
3:00 PM15:00

Landlocked 2 / October 21, 2018

We invite our sponsors and the general public to Decatur, GA to help us celebrate the southern oyster farming community and raise money to support the people that are working to make the dream of a strong southern oyster culture a reality. We do hope you'll be able to join us. 

Much like last year, the primary beneficiary of Landlocked is the University of Georgia Marine Extension on Skidaway Island. The team behind the UGA Shellfish Research Lab has been working hard to produce oyster seed and teach interested people the art of farming oysters; the success of most successful oysters farming communities in the south can be traced back to their extension services. We want our friends at the UGA Shellfish Research Lab to have all the tools they need to help make Georgia a great place to grow, sell, and eat homegrown oysters. 

Landlocked 2 will also allow Oyster South to begin our new SEED BANK program.  You can't farm without seed, and access to seed (baby oysters) is one of the most critical variables to any farms success. The best way for a farmer to ensure that he or she has the seed needed to operate is to grow it themselves. Growing seed ain't easy though. There are equipment, labor, and a steep learning curve to deal with. And that's why Oyster South wants to help out. Seed Bank funds will be turned into grants that give upstart hatcheries the financial help they need to make sure that the South's oyster farms will always have the seed necessary to grow beautiful oysters. 

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