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27th Conference for Shellfish Growers (Virtual)

March 1, 2021 - March 2, 2021

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.

This year, our 2-day conference will be entirely virtual. See the registration page for the agenda and to save your spot for the event. You can also view the agenda on our website here.



March 1, 2021

8:30 a. m.

Welcome by W. Russell Callender, Ph.D., Director, Washington Sea Grant

Washington State and Federal Support for the Shellfish Industry During Pandemic COVID19 Outbreak — Jennifer Hennessey, Governor’s Policy Office

NOAA Response to COVID-19 and the Seafood Industry — Dan Tonnes, NOAA NMFS

Long Term Effect of Climate Change:  Emerging HAB Hot Spots — Vera Trainer, NOAA NWFSC

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 — Nicole Naar (presenting), Alex Stote, Jackson Blalock, Paul Dye, Brent Vadopalas, Kevin Decker, Sean Macduff, and Kate Litle, Washington Sea Grant

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.


1:30 PM Afternoon talks

Updates from the WDFW Shellfish Disease Prevention Program — Chris Eardley and Brady Blake, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

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 Dumbauld (presenting), Agricultural Research Service, USDA, Zachary Forster, Jennifer Ruesink, Alan Trimble, Natsuki Hasegawa, Anna Bolm, Ilva Durland, Brooke McIntryre, and Xiuning Du

Heaven on the Half Shell:  An Updated Account of the Shellfish Industry in the Pacific Northwest — MaryAnn Wagner, Samantha Larson and David Gordon, Washington Sea Grant

4:00 PM Adjourn


March 1, 2021
March 2, 2021


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