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.
- Workshop Agenda
- Pre-workshop Survey
- Presentations – please see bottom of the page
- Poster Abstracts
- Workshop Resources
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.
March 12-13, 2014
- North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
- University of North Carolina Wilmington
- North Carolina State University, Center for Marine Science and Technology
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Marine Sciences
- Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- The Nature Conservancy, NC Chapter
- North Carolina Coastal Federation
Panel I: Scaling-up Restoration and Enhancement Efforts: Where are we going, and how are we going to get there?
- Oyster stock status and population measures, Mike Marshall & Brian Conrad – N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. [Abstract]
- Scaling up restoration: a metapopulation approach to designing a network of oyster sanctuaries, Brandon Puckett & David Eggleston – North Carolina State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology. [Abstract]
- Oyster mariculture as a tool for restoration, Jay Styron- University of North Carolina Wilmington & Carolina Mariculture Company
- Genetic considerations for oyster restoration, Ami E Wilbur – University of North Carolina Wilmington. [Abstract]
- Oysters in APNEP: from “identify” to “monitor” and all management in between, Lindsey Smart – Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership. [Abstract]
- Bivalve restoration: Scaling-up, restoring ecosystem services, and setting goals, Bryan DeAngelis – The Nature Conservancy [Abstract]
Panel II: Implementing Restoration, Research and Enhancement Projects
- Oyster restoration: CAMA permitting and habitat concerns, Jessi Baker – N.C. Division of Coastal Management [Abstract]
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers perspective and initiatives on oyster restoration, Raleigh Bland – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- Habitat enhancement projects: the road to fruition, Craig Hardy – N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. [Abstract]
- Importance of objective, site characteristics, and project design for oyster reef restoration projects, Martin Posey – University of North Carolina Wilmington. [Abstract]
- Connections between salinity regimes and oyster restoration and rehabilitation efforts, Niels Lindquist et al., – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Marine Sciences. [Abstract]
- Lessons learned and recommendations for oyster restoration/enhancement project directions, designs and downfalls, Loren D. Coen – Department of Biological Sciences and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI), Florida Atlantic Universiy (FAU). [Abstract]
Panel III: Project Evaluation and Monitoring
- The value of standardized approaches within and among projects, programs, regions and species: why monitoring is not a bad word, Loren D. Coen – Department of Biological Sciences and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI), Florida Atlantic Universiy (FAU). [Abstract]
- National guidelines for metrics used for monitoring oyster restoration projects, Bryan DeAngelis – The Nature Conservancy. [Abstract]
- Challenges of monitoring created and natural oyster reefs in intertidal and shallow subtidal areas, Troy Alphin – University of North Carolina Wilmington. [Abstract]
- Oyster habitat enhancement: what is “success” and at what point can “success” be declared?”, Craig Hardy – N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. [Abstract]
- Shellfish Sanitation and Recreation Water Quality Section of the NC Division of Marine Fisheries, Patti Fowler – N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
- Rapid growth potential of intertidal oyster reefs out pace any future rate of sea-level rise, Antonio B. Rodriguez 1, F. Joel Fodrie 1, Justin T. Ridge 1, Niels Lindquist 1, Ethan J. Theuerkauf1, Sara E., Coleman 1, Jonathan H. Grabowski 2, Michelle, C. Brodeur 1, Rachel K. Gittman 1, Danielle A. Keller 1, Matthew D. Kenworthy 1 (1 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Marine Sciences; 2 Northeastern University, Marine Science Center). [Abstract]
- Measuring and evaluating nitrogen removal services in oyster reefs, Michael F. Piehler 1, Ashley R. Smyth 1, Jonathan H. Grabowski 2 and Suzanne Thompson 1 (1 University of North Carolina, Institute of Marine Sciences; 2 Northeastern University, Marine Science Center). [Abstract]
Panel IV: Building and Sustaining Effective Collaborations
- St. James community driven oyster shell recycling & reef building project, J. Taylor Ryan – Town of St. James, Brunswick County. [Abstract]
- Collaboration and partnering: paddling solo or rowing together, Craig Hardy – N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. [Abstract]
- Collaborating for oyster restoration, Bill Crowell -Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership / Clean Water Management Trust Fund. [Abstract]
- Opportunities for continued funding for oyster restoration, Bryan DeAngelis – The Nature Conservancy. [Abstract]
- Being proactive and moving forward in a challenging environment, Todd Miller – N.C. Coastal Federation
- Larger Perspectives Than Just Dollars: Larger – Scale Restoration Efforts, Other Approaches and Potential Regional Efforts, Loren D. Coen- Department of Biological Sciences and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI), Florida Atlantic University (FAU). [Abstract]