Video recording of the the virtual webinar, ‘Trying to Explain Unexplained Cultured Oyster Mortalities in the Gulf of Mexico’ is now available.

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  1. Increase knowledge of oyster farmers about what is known about oyster mortalities along the Gulf Coast and the effect of ploidy
  2. Increase awareness of current efforts to address mortality issues
  3. Seek industry input about what is being observed and priorities for future workAGENDA

    Welcome & Introductions: Leslie Sturmer, Bill Walton (5min)

    What do we know about oyster mortalities? (40min)

    Leslie Sturmer: Florida studies comparing diploid and triploid oysters

    Bill Walton: Alabama studies comparing diploid and triploid oysters, and studying effect of handling

    Jerome LaPeyre: Current studies in Louisiana and Alabama testing effect of broodstock in different environments

    Joey Matt: Research findings in Chesapeake Bay

    Ryan Carnegie: Considerations beyond triploid mortality

    Q&A: Opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns, note observations (15 min)

    Current efforts to address mortality issues (40min)

    Tom Rossi: Development of new tetraploids

    Huiping Yang: Development of Florida tetraploids and cryopreservation

    Scott Rikard: Work at Auburn University Shellfish Lab

    Kelly Lucas: SALT Consortium efforts

    Brian Callam: Current work in Louisiana

    Stan Allen: VIMS Breeding program efforts

    Leslie Sturmer & Bill Walton: Collaborative efforts to evaluate field performance of triploids from different broodstock

    Q&A: Opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns, note observations (15 min)

    This webinar was provided by Florida Sea Grant, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, and Louisiana Sea Grant.


    For more information contact:
    Bill Walton:
    Leslie Sturmer:

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