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2023 Conference for Shellfish Growers

March 6, 2023 - March 7, 2023

This event has sold out.

Walk-ins will not be accepted.
For more information, contact Teri King at wsgcanal@uw.edu

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.

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 17, 2023 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.

Conference Registration Fee:

  • $175 before February 21, 2023
  • $200 thereafter

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 $50.00 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.

For program information contact Teri King, wsgcanal@uw.edu.


Monday, March 6

8:00     Registration

9:00     Growing Resilience; A Message from NOAA Fisheries, Danielle Blacklock, NOAA Fisheries

9:30     Weather Warn Forecasting for Aquaculture, Reid Wolcott, National Weather Service

10:00   2021 Heatwave and Next Steps

10:30   Break

11:00   Blurred lines:  HABs at the Marine Freshwater Interface, Misty Peacock, Northwest Indian College

11:30   Washington Biotoxin Update, Tracie Barry, Washington State Department of Health

Noon   Lunch

1:15     Yessotoxins in Puget Sound, Misty Peacock, Northwest Indian College

1:45     Balancing Risks and Rewards: Incorporating Different Stress Responses of Diploid and Triploid Pacific Oysters into a decision support tool, Craig Norrie, University of Washington

2:15     A Grand Challenge in Shellfish Aquaculture; Selection for Survival, Neil Thompson, USDA- ARS

2:45     Break

3:15     Wet Storage Practices and Vibrio Purging, Bill Dewey Taylor Shellfish Farms

3:45     Reconstructing The Ecological History of Shell-boring Polychaete Pests in The Salish Sea to Inform Conservation and Restoration Strategies for Native Olympia Oysters (Ostrea Lurida), Julieta Martinelli, University of Washington

4:15     Olympia Oyster Breeding Changes Over Time, John Adams South Sound Oysters and Clams

4:45     Heaven on the Half Shell, Mary Ann Wagner and Samantha Larson, Washington Sea Grant

6:00    Reception

Tuesday, March 7

9:00     Farm Service Agency – ELAP update,

9:30     The H2-A Guest Worker Program, Ryan Ogburn, WAFLA

10:00   Permitting Portal, Dan Tonnes, NOAA Fisheries

10:30   Break- hotel check out

10:50   Shellfish Interagency Permitting Team update, Laura Butler, Washington Department of Agriculture

11:10   NWFSC Aquaculture Strategic Plan Overview and Stakeholder Feedback Session, Penny Swanson, Beth Sanderson, and Adam Luckenbach, NOAA Fisheries

Noon   Adjourn




March 6, 2023
March 7, 2023
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Alderbrook Resort & Spa
10 E Alderbrook Dr
Union, WA 98592 United States
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