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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.


We’ll get a bigger venue for our next Symposium but we have completely filled up our meeting room for this year’s Symposium. We are hoping to arrange a (free) live feed of the talks and panels though. If you didn’t get a ticket, please check it out!

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

Wednesday, Feb. 20th

  • 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Ocean Conservancy farm tour of Pensacola Bay Oyster Hatchery (Tour is now full)

Thursday, Feb. 21st 

  • 9:00 am to 11:00 am Ocean Conservancy farm tour of Navy Cove Oysters (Tour is now full)

  • 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm Ocean Conservancy Panel: When dead shellfish aren’t your fault - Ocean acidification and other environmental mortality events discussion panel (Gulf Room, Island House Hotel)

  • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Director’s Welcome Reception, Playa Restaurant

Friday, Feb. 22nd 

  • 8:00 am to 8:30 am Coffee

  • 8:30 am to 8:45 am Welcome, Beth Walton

  • 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

  • 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 1:30 pm Lunch (Will's Farm Foods)

  • 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm Need for Seed Panel Discussion, Moderated by Julie Davis

  • 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm Lessons from the Storms Panel Discussion, Moderated by Chuck Weirich, North Carolina Sea Grant

  • 2:30 pm to 3:10 pm Impacts of Climate Change Panel Discussion, Moderated by Sally McGee, The Nature Conservancy

  • 3:10 pm to 3:50 pm Three Minute Tech Talks, Moderated by Jason Rider & Chuck Weirich, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources 

  • 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Trade Show and Happy Hour

  • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Friends & Farmers, Fisher’s Dockside Restaurant

Saturday, Feb. 23rd 

  • 8:00 am to 9:00 am Coffee

  • 9:00 am to 9:20 am Under the Oyster South Hood, Beth Walton

  • 9:20 am to 9:40 am Finding your tribe, Becky Wasden, Two Girls One Shuck

  • 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

  • Noon Closing and Farewells, Beth Walton

  • 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Discussion with Bob Rheault of East Coast Shellfish Growers Association about possibilities for a Gulf Coast growers association

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


  • South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium

  • Texas Sea Grant



Earlier Event: October 21
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Later Event: October 20
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