Shellfish aquaculture gear management techniques and strategies to prevent gear loss were discussed at a workshop held on September 12, 2018. Hosted by the FDACS Division of Aquaculture, the workshop was held in partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and NOAA’s Marine Debris Program. Guest speakers included Charles Grisafi, of NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, and Bob Rheault, Executive Director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association. Dr. Bill Walton, MS-AL Sea Grant, and Leslie Sturmer, UF-IFAS led panel discussions on oyster and clam gear management techniques which featured farmers and their personal experiences.
The workshop was recorded and broken into two video segments, one featuring the Oyster Aquaculture Panel and the other featuring the Clam Aquaculture Panel. The beginning audio portion of the Clam Aquaculture Session was poor, however, all videos, time stamps for presentations (allowing one to fast forward to a specific presentation), and information presented can be accessed through the following links.
Videos (YouTube file):
Presentations (pdf files):
Session 1 featuring Oyster Panel
- Welcome and Outline of Workshop Schedule by Charlie Culpepper, FDACS “0:00/1:21:47”
- Opening Remarks by Lisa Marshall, Regional Director for Senator Bill Nelson “4:26/1:21:47”
- NOAA Marine Debris Program Overview by Charles Grisafi, NOAA “10:39/1:21:47”
- Shellfish Aquaculture Debris Prevention BMPs by Charlie Culpepper, FDACS “28:12/1:21:47”
- Oyster Aquaculture Gear Management and Storm Preparation Strategies by Dr. Bill Walton, MS-AL Sea Grant; Jeff and Reid Tilley, Oyster Boss, LLC.; Denita Sassor, Outlaw Oyster Co “43:50/1:21:47”
Session 2 featuring Clam Panel
- Clam Aquaculture Gear Management and Storm Preparation Strategies by Leslie Sturmer, FL Sea Grant; Craig Parks, B&E Seafood; Chad O’Steen and Joe Cannon, Cedar Key Aquaculture Farms “0:00/1:39:09”
- Lease Stewardship and Public Perception of Shellfish Aquaculture by Bob Rheault, ECSGA “42:00/1:39:09”
- Review of Recent Marine Debris Survey by Mark DeHaven, FDACS “1:12:14/1:39:09”
- September 15th Cleanup Organization by Heath Davis and Chris Topping, CKAA “1:28:25/1:39:09”