N.C. Oysters: A Workshop to Chart Future Restoration, Learning from the Past

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Beaufort Laboratory, Pivers Island

March 12-13, 2014

 









On March 12-13, 2014 over sixty state and federal government, academic, private and non-profit professionals met at the NOAA- Beaufort Laboratory on Pivers Island to assess the existing body of North Carolina’s oyster research and restoration efforts. The workshop focused on highlighting lessons learned, identifying knowledge gaps and recommending options for future oyster research and restoration. Presentations from state and national experts, research, academic, private and non-profit professionals on emerging oyster restoration and research were featured.

The workshop findings will be used ultimately to revise and update the existing Oyster Restoration and Protection Plan for N.C.: A Blueprint for Action. At an anticipated 2015 N.C. Oyster Summit, the workshop findings will be reviewed and then incorporated into a third edition of the Restoration and Protection Plan that will guide state research and restoration efforts from 2015 to 2020.

Regional Oyster Workgroups meet regularly. In 2014 they will focus on discussing and digesting the workshop findings in order to revise the Oyster Blueprint. To participate in these meetings please contact Erin Fleckenstein, Ted Wilgis or Lexia Weaver who coordinate the regional workgroups.

Many people joined together to plan, organize, participate in and facilitate the workshop. See the members of the N.C. Oysters Workshop Planning Committee.

The workshop was supported by sponsorships from the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership and NC Sea Grant. The workshop was hosted by: Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, NC Coastal Federation, NC Division of Marine Fisheries, NC National Estuarine Research Reserve, NC Sea Grant College Program, NC State University, Center for Marine Science and Technology, UNC Chapel Hill, Institute of Marine Sciences, and UNC Wilmington, Center for Marine Science.