Upcoming Conference: Bivalves in Kachemak Bay

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Join AOOS at a two-day workshop to learn about ongoing oyster restoration efforts along the Pacific coast and applications to Kachemak Bay. This workshop is hosted by the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve

  • Title: Bivalves in Kachemak Bay: Applying Lessons Learned from Restoration Along the Pacific Coast
  • Location: Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, Homer, AK
  • Date: March 11-12, 8:30am – 5pm
  • Draft Agenda

Workshop Description

Learn about ongoing oyster restoration efforts along the Pacific coast and discuss knowledge transferability to Kachemak Bay. The existing body of native bivalve and oyster-related research and monitoring in Kachemak Bay will be explored, with an emphasis on recommended options for future research and monitoring, strategies, and applications to restoration planning in the future. Through presentations, facilitated discussions, and group consensus-building, participants will identify future action items, strategies, resources and partnerships to achieve robust and resilient bivalve populations that provide valuable ecological services.


  • Hear and discuss lessons learned from oyster research and restoration efforts at three National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) in California and Oregon.
  • Provide information exchange about native bivalve and oyster research and monitoring activities in Kachemak Bay.
  • Identify knowledge gaps and research, monitoring, and strategies needed to maintain sustainable harvests and productive habitats.
  • Encourage coordination among researchers, shellfish growers, and natural resource managers to support the planning for restoration of depressed natural populations as well as maintain sustainable and resilient populations in Kachemak Bay.

Guest Speakers

  • Matt Ferner, PhD, Research Coordinator San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Ted Grosholz, PhD, Professor, University of California, Davis
  • Steve Rumrill, PhD, Shellfish Program Leader, Oregon Dept Fish & Wildlife (formerly South Slough NERR)
  • Brian Cheng, PhD candidate, University of California, Davis

Who Should Attend: Scientists, resource managers, harvesters and growers involved in researching, monitoring, managing, growing and harvesting bivalves in southcentral Alaska.

Registration: This workshop is FREE to attend, however, please register so the attendance can be accommodated. Click here to register and for more information:  http://kbrr-training.eventbrite.com

Sponsors: This workshop is sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve with funding from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Science Collaborative through the University of New Hampshire.

Contact Stacey Buckalew with questions, (907) 226-4653

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