Industry Workshops

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Agenda_2011-Workshop-croppeInitiated in 2007, annual workshops provide the latest information on research and extension projects involving the Florida clam culture industry. Co-organized with the Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in the University of Florida (UF) School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the Florida Sea Grant Program, the workshops foster a continuing dialogue with faculty from UF and other institutions. A feedback session and social following the presentations allow for interaction between industry members and researchers. Issues and needs are identified during break-out sessions, which may be used in directing future efforts. Summaries (1 – 2 pages) for each talk are compiled, and contact information for each presenter is available. Selected presentations for each workshop are also available for viewing.

2013 Introduction to Intensive Oyster Culture Workshop
Agenda

  • Overview of US East Coast Intensive Oyster Culture Operations and Florida’s Experiences
  • Rules of the Road: Modification of Shellfish Aquaculture Leases to Water Column Use, Navigational Marking Requirements, Other Permits, BMPs Pertaining to Seed Sources, and Public Health Regulations for Oyster Harvesting and Processing
  • Development of Off-bottom Oyster Farming Gear for the Gulf of Mexico

2012 Workshop
Agenda

  • Soil Properties on Clam Leases under Intensive Culture Efforts and Recovery of Harvesting Activities
  • Selection for Heat Tolerance in Cultured Clams using Biomarkers
  • Clam Stock Improvement Projects: Results of Growout Field Trials
  • Focus on Sunray Venus Clam Culture and Marketability:
    • Broodstock Development for Seed Production
    • Production Evaluation at Leases and Relationship of Soil Properties
    • Defining Soil Properties for Culture
    • Examination of Wholesale Market Attributes
    • Developing Product Standards or Guidelines
    • Industry Input / Where Do We Go from Here?

    2012 Oyster Culture Workshop
    Agenda

    • Restoring Oyster Reef Habitat in Florida
    • Oyster Culture Efforts on the West Coast of Florida
    • Oyster Farming Opportunities for the Gulf of Mexico Coast

2011 Clam Broodstock Workshop
Agenda

  • Bivalve Genetics Primer
  • Hard Clam Breeding (Hybridization/Backcrossing) Overview
  • Proper Development of Clam Broodstock for Seed Production

2011 Workshop
Agenda

  • Focus on the Potential of Sunray Venus Culture and Marketability:
    • Seed Production and Broodstock Development
    • Nursery and Growout Field Trials
    • Consumer Acceptance and Wholesale Market Attributes
    • Sensory, Nutritional and Shelf Life Profiles
    • Discussion of What We Know and Do Not Know
  • Clam Stock Improvement through Hybridization and Backcrossing
  • Selection for Heat Tolerance in Clams using Biomarkers
  • Soil Properties on Clam Leases under Varying Efforts and Harvesting
  • Decision Support Tools for Clam Growers
  • Growout Evaluation of the Bay Scallop

2009 Workshop
Agenda

  • Sensory Characteristics for Hard Clams from Maine to Florida
  • Clam Stock Improvement: Results of Field Trials
  • Clam Stock Improvement: Results of Lab Challenges
  • Water Quality, Temperature Variability and Health Monitoring
  • Ark Clam Culture Potential and Marketability
  • Sunray Venus Clam Field Nursery and Growout Trials
  • Consumer Acceptance of Cultured Sunray Venus Clams

2008 Workshop
Agenda

  • Consistent Hatchery and Nursery Yields for Bivalves
  • Temperature Monitoring of Lease Areas in Cedar Key
  • Monitoring of Clam Health During Summer Months
  • Effects of Multiple Stressors on Clam Survival in SW Florida
  • Assessment of Soil Landscapes in a Clam Lease Area
  • Enhancing Stress Resistance of Cultured Clams by Triploidy
  • Evaluation of Clam Stock Improvement by Hybridization
  • Evaluation of the Sunray Venus Clam for Culture

2007 Workshop
Agenda

  • Genetic Diversity in Florida Commercial Clams
  • Enhancing Production of Cultured Clams in Florida by Triploidy
  • Coastal Eutrophication and Productivity of Clams and Oysters
  • CLAMMERS (Clam Lease Assessment, Management, & Modeling using Remote Sensing)
  • What’s in the Clam Bag?
  • Sulfides in Sediments and Water: Effects on Clams
  • Health Assessment of Cultured Clams in Florida
  • Investigation of Ark Clam Culture and Marketability
  • Sunray Venus Clam Potential as a New Culture Species