Oysters: Adapting to a changing Gulf

Part II date announced – July 27, 2020, 1 pm CST/2 pm EST. Register here now. Scroll down for more details!

This three-part online-only series will be available as a Zoom webinar and via Facebook Live. The format for each event will be three individual presentations followed by a live question and answer session with all three speakers. Scroll down for details on each event in the series.

Oysters perform many essential roles to help maintain a healthy Gulf. Life as an oyster has many challenges. This webinar series will discuss the importance of oysters, a variety of threats to the oysters, how response efforts affect them, and how farmers, resource managers, and scientists are working to help resilience.

Part I: The role of oysters in our estuarine ecosystem and the threats facing themJune 26, 2020

Dani Bailey, Texas Sea Grant, Introduction: The role of oysters in our estuarine ecosystem and the threats facing them

Sara Pace, University of Southern Mississippi, Oysters 101- Overview of oyster life cycle and importance to ecosystems and humans; vulnerabilities at multiple life stages

Dr. Jennifer Pollack, Texas A&M University, Habitat restoration and ecosystem benefits

Dr. Sean Powers, University of South Alabama,  How fresh water/salinity from spillway release/management actions impact oysters

Question-answer session with all speakers

Part II: Increasing resilience of wild and farmed oysters before, during, and after an oil spillJuly 27, 2020, 1 pm CST/2 pm EST. Registration now open, click here.

Featured speakers and topics:

  • Dr. Bill Walton, Auburn University, Strategies to improve the resilience of wild and farmed oysters before and after an oil spill
  • Jason Herrmann, Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, How natural resource managers prepare for and respond to oil spills
  • Dr. Joe Fox, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Texas oyster mariculture development

Part III: How spill response decisions affect oystersComing in August.

Questions? Please contact Dani Bailey with Texas Sea Grant at danielle.bailey@exchange.tamu.edu or 361.825.6215.

Featured image: In this “Sink Your Shucks” oyster recycling program in Corpus Christi, Texas, volunteers collect truckloads of discarded oyster shells from locally participating restaurants. They bundle the shells and place them back in the bays to rebuild oyster reefs and promote regeneration of oysters. (Jennifer Pollack)