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CANCELED: 27th Conference for Shellfish Growers

March 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am - March 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


It is with an abundance of caution that the director of Washington Sea Grant has decided to cancel the Conference for Shellfish Growers scheduled for March 9 and 10, 2020, in order not to risk anyone’s health and wellness given the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in our state.

As a program housed in the University of Washington, we are closely monitoring the University’s protocols around the outbreak at uw.edu/coronavirus, which is being updated regularly.

For those that have already paid registration fees, these will be refunded in the next few weeks as we rewind the conference planning process. I will also be canceling the invoices for those that have not yet paid. If you have made a room reservation, you will need to cancel that directly with the hotel at 1.360.898.2200.

One of the keynote presentations at the Conference was on Washington State’s Support for the Shellfish Industry During Pandemic COVID19 Outbreak. We are working with the Department of Commerce to provide this as a webinar and will notify you once the date and time are set.

Thank you again for your continued support. We hope you will join us in March 2021 for the 27th Conference for Shellfish Growers at Alderbrook Resort and Spa.

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.


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.


Monday, March 9, 2020

8 am Registration opens

Tsunami Hazards in Washington State — Carrie Garrison-Laney, Washington Sea Grant

Washington State Support for the Shellfish Industry During Pandemic COVID19 Outbreak— Joshua Berger, Governor’s Maritime Sector Lead

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

Control of Ecosystem Disruptive Algal Blooms through seagrass recovery — Vera Trainer, NOAA NWFSC


Marine Mammal Interactions Waters — Erin Ewald, Taylor Shellfish

Advancing the science and management of invasive European green crab in Washington Waters — P. Sean McDonald (presenting), Emily W. Grason, Jeff Adams, and Kate Litle, University of Washington 

Washington Coast Shellfish Aquaculture Study: Process and Progress — Alex Stote (presenting), Jackson Blalock, Paul Dye, Brent Vadopalas, Kevin Decker and Kate Litle, Washington Sea Grant

Staghorn Sculpin Predation on Ghost Shrimp – Do Nematode Parasites Play a Role? — Brett Dumbauld (presenting), Brooke McIntyre and Joe Brockman, Agricultural Research Service, USDA

Skokomish Clam and Oyster Restoration Project 2016-2020 — Blair Paul (presenting), Josh Hermann, Kevin Cagey, Andy Pavone, and Jon Wolf, Skokomish Tribe

Engineering Solutions to Burrowing Shrimp:  Biodegradable Mat Feasibility and Costs — Bobbi Hudson (presenting), Pacific Shellfish Institute and David Beulgli, Willapa-Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association

Table Salt a Viable Alternative for the Control of Burrowing Shrimp on Shellfish Beds in Washington State:  Efficacy, Application Rates and Non-target Effects? — Reagan Jarvis, Jonathan Schroeder and Kylie Sahota, University of Washington

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 (presenting), Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, T. Green, P. de la Bastide, T. Finston, G. Meyer, R. Marshall and C.M. Pearce

Pacific Oyster losses and seed limitations on the US West Coast — Bobbi Hudson and Natalie Sahli (presenting), Ralph Elston, Joth Davis, Katie Houle and Andrew Suhrbier — Pacific Shellfish Institute

Skinny Oysters Sometimes Die:  Ocean and Estuarine Conditions Influence Pacific Oyster Condition and Spawning in Willapa Bay — Brett Dumbald (presenting), Agricultural Research Service, USDA, Zachary Forester, Jennifer Ruesink, Alan Trimble, Natsuki Hasegawa, Anna Bolm, Liva Durland and Brooke McIntryre

Shellfish Mortalities:  PCSGA Grower Survey Results — Connie Smith, Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association

Shellfish Mortalities: Observations from 2019 — Nyle Taylor, Taylor Shellfish

Summer Mortality Through a Phytoplankton Lens — Teri King and Vera Trainer, Washington Sea Grant and NOAA NWFSC

Roundtable Discussion

Adjourn Conference at 12:30 pm

For program information
Teri King  Washington Sea Grant

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


March 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am
March 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


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