Oyster Summit 2015

Summit Objectives:

  • Explore the economic and environmental returns on investing in North Carolina oyster restoration, enhancement and production.
  • Update the Oyster Blueprint for Action to rebuild North Carolina oyster habitat, stocks and fisheries, and to improve the state’s coastal water quality and economy.
  • Discuss prioritized scientific challenges to implementing successful oyster restoration strategies in North Carolina.

Agenda:

Tuesday, March 10

12:30 p.m.    Registration Opens- Nature Research Center, Environmental Conference Center, 4th Floor

1:00 p.m.      Welcome and Introduction to the Summit, Erin Fleckenstein, N.C. Coastal Federation

1:05 p.m.      Keynote: Clean Water as Infrastructure (full speech available here),

                      N.C. Representative Paul Tine (I), District 6

1:20 p.m.      The N.C. Experience: The History of Oyster Management Over the Past Century

                       Dr. Louis Daniel, Director, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

1:40 p.m.       The Importance of Oysters in Providing for Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

                       Dr. Martin Posey, University of North Carolina Wilmington

                       Dr. Mike Piehler, University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences

2:00 p.m.       The Importance of the Oyster Fishery to Coastal North Carolina

                      Bradley Styron, Quality Seafood

2:15 p.m.       Oyster Fundamentals – What it takes to Have Productive Oyster Populations and Fisheries in North Carolina

Facilitator:      Ted Wilgis, N.C. Coastal Federation

Panelists:        Dr. Pete Peterson, University of North Carolina, Institute of Marine Sciences

                        Dr. Dave Eggleston, North Carolina State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology

                        Dr. Ami Wilbur, University of North Carolina Wilmington

                        Dr. Bill Crowell, Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership

                       Jason Peters and Brian Conrad, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

 

3:00 p.m. Break

 

3:15 p.m.         Setting Restoration Goals for the Next Decade

                        Dr. Brandon Puckett, National Estuarine Research Reserve, Division of Coastal Management

4:00 p.m.         Why Restoring Oysters Makes Economic Cents

Facilitator:       Tom Looney, Lenovo & N.C. Economic Development Board

Panelists:        Sara Lawrence, Research Triangle Institute

                        Dr. Pete Peterson, University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences

4:50 p.m.         Looking Ahead: Key Challenges and Questions to Be Addressed

                        Todd Miller, N.C. Coastal Federation

5:00 p.m.         Adjourn to Daily Planet Theater- Nature Research Center, 1st Floor

5:15 p.m.        Rowan Jacobsen, the award-winning author of A Geography of Oysters, will offer an energizing and     lively discussion about the uniqueness and varieties of oysters, how North Carolina plays a role in the global  oyster market, and the conservation value of cultivating oysters and keeping waters clean to support this growing industry.

6:00-7:30 p.m. Legislative Reception- Museum of Natural Sciences, 1st Floor

 

Wednesday, March 11

 

8:00 a.m.          Coffee and Pastries- Nature Research Center, Environmental Conference Center, 4th Floor

8:30 a.m.          Goals for the Day: Defining Goals and Objectives for the Next Five to Ten Years

                         Erin Fleckenstein, N.C. Coastal Federation

8:45 a.m.          Linking Restoration of Oysters to an Economic Development Strategy for Coastal N.C.

Facilitator:         Raj Narayan, Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science

Panelists:          Rob Lamme, N.C. Coastal Federation

                         Dr. Andy Keeler, Coastal Studies Institute

                         Simon Rich, Stevens Towing

                         John Preyer, Restoration Systems, LLC

9:30 a.m.          Sanctuary Strategies for the Next Five Years

Facilitator:         Erin Fleckenstein, N.C. Coastal Federation

Panelists:          Curt Weychert and Jason Peters N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

                         Justin Bashaw, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

                         Dr. Troy Alphin, University of North Carolina Wilmington

                         Dr. Dave Eggleston, N.C. State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology

10:15 a.m.        Break

10:30 a.m.        Cultch Planting Strategies for the Next Five Years

Facilitator:        Willy Phillips, Full Circle Crab Company

Panelists:          Chris Conoway, Conoway Marine Construction

                         Jim Swartzenberg, J&B Aquafood

                         David “Clammerhead” Cessna, Commercial Fisherman and Collaborative Researcher

                         with University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences

                         Dr. Louis Daniel and Garry Wright, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

                         Dr. Niels Lindquist, University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences

11:15 a.m.        Oyster Mariculture Priorities for the Next Five Years

Facilitator:         Sara Mirabilio, North Carolina Sea Grant

Panelists:          N.C. Senator Bill Cook (R) District 1

                         Marc Turano, Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, Inc.

                         Jay Styron, Carolina Mariculture Co. University of North Carolina Wilmington, & President,

                         N.C. Shellfish  Growers Association

                         Brian Conrad, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

                         Patti Fowler, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Sanitation

12:00 p.m.        Lunch

1:00 p.m.          Managing Oysters on Public Bottom

Facilitator:        Trish Murphey, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

Panelists:         Dr. Ami Wilbur, University of North Carolina Wilmington

                        Tina Moore, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

                         Adam Tyler, Commercial Fisherman and Collaborative Researcher with

                         University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences

                         Shannon Jenkins, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Sanitation

2:00 p.m.          Watershed Management Priorities for the Next Five Years

Facilitator:        Dr. Lexia Weaver, N.C. Coastal Federation

Panelists:         Ted Wilgis, N.C. Coastal Federation

                         Dr. Mike Burchell, N.C. State University

                         Jamin Simmons, Mattamuskeet Management and Consulting

                         Hunter Freeman, Withers & Ravenel

                         Erin Carey, City of Wilmington

                         Steve Murphey, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Sanitation

2:45 p.m.          Break

3:00 p.m.          Facilitated Discussion: www.ncoysters.org: Information needs and components for a working restoration database.

Facilitator:        Jim Hawhee, Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership

3:35 p.m.          Wrap-up; Charge to Audience

4:00 p.m.          Adjourn

 

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