Florida Sea Grant is sponsoring a joint Newell Seminar lecture and a workshop for the Florida clam industry March 9 and 10 at the Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, located at 5600 US 1 North in Fort Pierce. The lecture will take place Monday, March 9 at noon in the Johnson Education Building. It will also be streamed live at this link: Live Stream. The clam workshop will take place Tuesday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room LE 246 in the Link Building.
Sandra Shumway, research professor in the department of marine sciences at the University of Connecticut, will begin the Newell Seminar with a lecture titled “Mitigating Coastal Eutrophication: Are Filter-Feeding Shellfish the Answer?”
Shumway will return Tuesday morning to the clam workshop to give another lecture titled, “Harmful Algal Blooms: Global to Indian River Lagoon.” A panel of scientists from universities, agencies, and non-profit organizations will also provide information on water quality research, management and monitoring programs being conducted in the Indian River Lagoon.
The afternoon session of the workshop will focus on hatchery management, and will begin with a refresher course on bacteriological monitoring and health management in the hatchery. Guest speaker John Supan, director of Louisiana State University’s Oyster Research Hatchery, will offer practical advice on production, hatchery management and troubleshooting pointers.
The seminar and workshop are free, but to ensure there are enough handouts available, please RVSP by March 6 to Leslie Sturmer, UF IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program, by phone (352) 543-5057 or email LNST@ufl.edu. Lunch will be provided at the workshop on Tuesday. For more information, download the seminar flyer and the workshop flyer.
This workshop is part of the Newell Seminar Series, which brings experts from around the world to campuses affiliated with the Florida Sea Grant network to address coastal or ocean topics of importance in Florida. For more information, visit: https://www.flseagrant.org/funding/open/newell/