Charleston, S.C. – The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium will host the 18th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration (ICSR’16) November 16-19, 2016 at the Hyatt Place Charleston Historic District 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 ISCR’16 is “Celebrating and Inspiring Healthy Coastal Communities,” with case studies and presentations scheduled by individuals and groups from nearly 20 states and nine countries. Supporting the theme, several of the sessions will deal with community efforts and volunteer engagement in restoring shellfish habitat. A growing number of community groups and private enterprises have taken the lead in habitat restoration, resulting in more abundant shellfish populations and healthier ecosystems and communities.
Other sessions will address challenges and opportunities related to climate change, coastal development, shellfish diseases, shoreline stabilization, and resource management, policy and regulation.
The keynote speaker on Thursday, November 17 is Tristan Hugh-Jones, owner of Atlantic Shellfish Ltd., in County Cork, Ireland. On Friday, November 18, the keynote speaker is Tom Ysebaert, Ph.D., senior researcher at Wageningen University and Research and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Kim Jones, watershed management division manager for the town of Bluffton, S.C., is the keynote speaker Saturday, November 19.