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27th Conference for Shellfish Growers

March 9 @ 8:00 am - March 10 @ 5:00 pm

First convened by WSG in 1991, the Conference for Shellfish Growers brings together shellfish producers, researchers, students and managers from the Pacific Northwest to discuss pressing issues and relevant research on aquaculture.  We look forward to another engaging and insightful conference this year.

27th Conference for Shellfish Growers

March 9 – 10, 2020
Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Registration is $130 before February 21, 2020, and $170 therafter.

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Fee includes admittance to all sessions, lunch and reception. Cancellations will be accepted up to seven days prior to the conference. A refund, minus a handling fee of $30.00 USD will be made. You may transfer your registration to another individual. Individuals who do not show for the conference will forfeit their registration fee. 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Alderbrook Resort & Spa.  The special rate of $114.00 USD (plus tax) per night for single occupancy is being offered to participants who register for hotel reservations by February 15, 2020 or until the room block is filled.  Please call the hotel direct at 360.898.2145 and let them know you are attending an event of the “University of Washington Sea Grant Program” to ensure the special room rate.

Preliminary Agenda

Monday, March 9, 2020

  • 8 a.m. Registration opens
  • Coastal Hazards   Carrie Garrison-Laney, Washington Sea Grant
  • Long Term Effect of Climate Change: Emerging HAB Hot Spots   Vera Trainer, NOAA NWFSC
  • The Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition: Raising Voices for Climate Action   Molly Bogeberg, The Nature Conservancy
  • Lunch
  • Green Crab   P. Sean McDonald, University of Washington
  • Staghorn Sculpin Predation on Ghost Shrimp — Do Nematode Parasites Play a Role?   Brett Dumbauld, Brooke McIntyre and Joe Brockman, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
  • The Use of Coir and Gravel to Detour Ghost Shrimp   Blair Paul, Skokomish Tribe
  • Is Table Salt a Viable Alternative for the Control of Burrowing Shrimp on Shellfish Beds in Washington State: Efficacy, Application Rates and Non-target Effects?   UW Toxicology Lab


Tuesday, March 10 – half-day

  • Updates from the WDFW Shellfish Disease Prevention Program   Chris Eardley and Brady Blake, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Reading the Beach: Using Evidence and Patterns to Discern Predators of Geoduck   Nick Wenzel, Seattle Shellfish
  • Pacific Oyster Summer Mortality in British Columbia, Canada   Malcolm Cowan, Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Summer Mortality Through a Phytoplankton Lens   Teri King and Vera Trainer
  • Grower Roundtable Discussion


For program information
Teri King  Washington Sea Grant

Date and Location
March 9 -10, 2020
Alderbrook Resort & Spa
Union, Washington


March 9 @ 8:00 am
March 10 @ 5:00 pm


Alderbrook Resort & Spa
10 E Alderbrook Dr
Union, WA 98592 United States