About 200 people with connections to the shellfish industry gathered in Charleston February 9-10, 2018 to discuss pressing issues and relevant research at the second Oyster South Symposium.
The crowd included oyster producers, gear suppliers, distributors, vendors, managers, researchers, and students. Presentation topics included the performance of triploid oysters, hurricane recovery, and product branding. Julie Davis, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium living marine resources specialist, led a discussion on disaster management.
Oyster South, a nonprofit created to encourage successful oyster farming in the region, held its first symposium in Auburn, Alabama in 2017. The National Sea Grant College Program provided financial assistance for the Charleston event.
Beth Walton, executive director of Oyster South, says the event was a huge success. “We heard a lot of positive feedback about the presentations that were given, but also that everyone was excited to catch up with one another to compare notes on things,” Walton said. “It also gives the farmers a chance to meet and talk with chefs and food writers, and vice versa. That face time with old and new friends is so important.”