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16th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration to be Held December 10-13 in Charleston, S.C.

Dec 8, 2014

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium will host the 16th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration (ICSR’14) December 10-13, 2014 at the DoubleTree Guest Suites in Charleston, S.C. The conference provides an opportunity for researchers, resource managers, shellfish farmers and community restoration practitioners worldwide to exchange information necessary to help restore molluscan shellfish populations, enhance the health of coastal ecosystems and improve water quality for shellfish survival, growth and harvest.

The overall theme for ICSR’14 is “Restoration in an Ever-Changing World.” Over 80 oral and poster presentations and seven panel sessions will explore: the use of shellfish restoration to address challenges and opportunities related to coastal development; resource policy, regulation and management; shellfish diseases; shoreline stabilization; and climate change and ocean acidification. The keynote speaker on Thursday, December 11 is Michael Rubino, Ph.D., director of the Office of Aquaculture at NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. On Friday, December 12 the keynote speaker is Betsy Peabody, founder and executive director of the Puget Sound Restoration Fund. Peter Malinowski, director of the Billion Oyster Project at the New York Harbor Foundation, is the keynote speaker on Saturday, December 13. Panel sessions include East Coast Molluscan Health Management, Interpreting the National Shellfish Sanitation Program, A Coherent Approach to Whelk Fishery Management Along the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard and The Future of Shellfish Restoration in the Face of a Changing Climate. Additional panel sessions will emphasize shellfish restoration in the Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico and Washington State.

ICSR’14 presentations, panel discussions and poster sessions are focused on the following program themes:

  • Addressing Challenges to Shellfish Restoration
  • Incorporating Approaches for Shellfish Restoration
  • Restoring Shellfish: Implementation, Monitoring and Lessons Learned
  • Documenting Goods and Services Provided by Shellfish Populations and Ecosystems
  • Getting the Word Out