2019 North Carolina Oyster Summit Set for March 12th

2019 North Carolina Oyster Summit Set for March 12th

By / State News / Monday, 04 March 2019 01:54

The summit will focus on the next steps to making North Carolina the Napa Valley of oysters

RALEIGH - The ongoing quest to make North Carolina the world’s Napa Valley of oysters will be on full display in March.
Oyster growers, fishermen, government officials, lawmakers, academics and conservation interests will gather to learn more about and even taste the state’s oysters and other shellfish during the 2019 North Carolina Oyster Summit.
Set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, participants will discuss how to establish the state as the epicenter of a rapidly expanding worldwide movement promoting the growth and consumption of oysters. A reception will follow from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Transfer Co. Food Hall.
“This summit is a chance to bring together people who are interested in and care about oyster restoration and mariculture efforts in the state,” says Erin Fleckenstein of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, one of the summit organizers. “We’ll celebrate the great progress that has been made in our state over the past two years and start to chart the course for what comes next.”
The summit will illustrate the progress that has been made to advance shellfish efforts in the state, including achieving goals that address habitat creation and water quality protection to developing a strategic shellfish mariculture plan and the policy, research and planning that help to make it all possible.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation and partners, North Carolina Sea Grant, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, and the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, organized the forum.
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan will provide opening remarks at the summit. Regan has demonstrated the department’s commitment to restoring wild oyster populations, growing the state’s mariculture industry and promoting clean coastal waters by announcing in 2018 the state’s participation in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Shellfish Initiative.
A series of panel presentations will explore the recommendations of the recently completed Strategic Mariculture Plan that was requested by and submitted to the General Assembly in December. Also planned is an important discussion on the value of clean water to ensure the continued success of all restoration, rehabilitation and mariculture efforts.
The summit is sponsored in part by Albemarle Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, Grady White Boats, the Kenan Institute, Restoration Systems, Rob Lamme & Associates, The Nature Conservancy, North Carolina Sea Grant, Fred Adams Paving, Backwater Environmental, and Little Environments, PLLC.
Summit registration and reception tickets are available at nccoast.org/oystersummit.
Travel and registration scholarships are available. Preference will be given to waterman and students wishing to attend the summit. Please contact Erin Fleckenstein (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Feb. 22 for more information.
For more information about the summit, contact Erin Fleckenstein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 252-473-1607.
Additional summit sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Catherine Snead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sponsor the summit.
The summit will:
• Illustrate the remarkable progress made in the past two years to advance the N.C. Oyster Blueprint and Shellfish Initiative
• Demonstrate the broad collaboration and support from a diverse group of stakeholders, including bi-partisan legislative, cabinet, gubernatorial and federal endorsement
• Build on recent successes in oyster rehabilitation and wild stock enhancement
• Highlight the importance of water quality protection and restoration to ensure continued progress in these efforts
• Explore insights into the economic development and job creation opportunities that the shellfish industry can deliver to our coastal communities while protecting and preserving our coastal natural resources.
Participants will be excited by the progress that has been made in the past few years and leave energized to do their part in advancing the future of oysters in North Carolina. Participants will clearly understand the need and strategy of a multipronged approach to rebuild N.C. oyster habitat, stocks and fisheries, smartly grow shellfish farming and improve the state’s coastal water quality and economy.
Regular Registration $125- closes March 8, 2019. Only the Legislative Reception: $50.
Source: North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.

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