The Louisiana Oyster Industry Convention will be held on Feb. 5 at the Hilton-New Orleans Airport, 901 Airline Drive, Kenner, La.
The convention is the annual forum to bring the Louisiana oyster industry and its trade associations together to discuss important issues, to make business contacts and to socialize. Registration is $50 before Feb. 1 and $100 at the door. Registration includes seminars, a luncheon and a cocktail party (cash bar). To register or for more information, contact John Supan at email@example.com or 985-264-3239.
This year’s agenda will feature a thorough review of the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the oyster industry. Billy Nungesser, Plaquemine Parish president, will be the luncheon speaker .
Other presentations throughout the day include:
Water and Oyster Sampling and Results in Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Gordon LeBlanc, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Governor’s Oyster Advisory Committee and Coastal Restoration Update
Jerome Zeringue, Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration
Oil, River Diversions, Estuaries and Fisheries
Earl Melancon, Ph.D., Nicholls State University
Chemistry of the Oil Spill: Implications Concerning Impacts
Ed Overton, Ph.D., LSU Department of Environmental Sciences
Bioremediation as an Oil Spill Response
R alph Portier, Ph.D., LSU Department of Environmental Sciences
The Gulf Coast Claims Process
K rista Friedricks, Feinberg Rozen LLC
The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: A Legal Viewpoint
Phillip Cossich, Cossich , Sumich, Parsiola & Taylor, LLC
Alaskan Seafood Marketing Challenges Following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Kevin Adams, Alaskan Seafood Marketing Institute
Update on Oyster Season and Spatfall East of the Mississippi River
Patrick Banks, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
Oyster Crop Insurance & Risk Management
Clif Parker, Custom Ag. Solutions Inc.
Economic Analysis of Oyster Seed Bedding in Louisiana: A Survey
Victoria Ippolito, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program-LSU
The convention is sponsored by the Oyster Development Fund of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force, Louisiana Farm Bureau, J & M Industries & Berry Plastics, the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, the Louisiana Oyster Dealers & Growers Association and the LSU Agricultural Center. Oysters will be served several different ways during the luncheon and cocktail party, making the convention the best oyster feast of the year.