The Louisiana Oyster Industry Convention will be held on March 10 at the Hilton-New Orleans Airport, 901 Airline Drive, Kenner.
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. Oysters will be served several ways, making the convention the best oyster feast of the year.
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.
Registration is $50 before March 2 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 developing new oyster culture methods as an alternative to wild seed production and traditional on-bottom production. Speakers from states with successful or new oyster farming methods will cover programs, methods and their regulatory framework. Randy Pausina, assistant secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will be the luncheon speaker.
Other presentations throughout the day include:
Change Isn’t Coming, It’s Already Here
John Supan, Ph.D., Louisiana Sea Grant College Program
Shellfish Aquaculture in Maine and Why It Works
Dana Morse , Ph.D., Maine Sea Grant College Program
Changing Course: Rebuilding Maryland's Oyster Industry
Don Webster, Ph.D., University of Maryland Extension
The Revitalization of Virginia's Oyster Industry
Jim Wesson, Ph.D., Virginia Marine Resources Commission
Oyster Farming in Alabama: Opportunities and Hurdles
Bill Walton, Ph.D., Auburn University Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture
Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan
Jerome Zeringue, Louisiana Coastal Restoration & Protection Authority
A Comedy of the Commons?
How Exploitation of the Louisiana Public Oyster Grounds is Sustainable
Tom Soniat, Ph.D., University of New Orleans Department of Biological Sciences
Louisiana Gold: The Ostrigari and Others that Made an Industry
Don Davis & Carl Brasseaux, Louisiana Sea Grant Oral History Program