April, 2020

202021Apr3:00 PM4:00 PMRestoring Native Oysters on North America's West Coast3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Organizer: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Region:OnlineTopic:Aquaculture,Coastal CommunitiesCost:No CostConfidence:High TagsFree,online,Weekday



Ostrea lurida, the Olympia oyster, is native to the western coast of NorthAmerica from British Columbia to Baja California, where it is a vital part ofbays and estuaries along the Pacific coast, providing food for humans and otherspecies and enriching diversity. This webinar introduces the unique ecology ofthe Olympia oyster, the challenges it faces, and approaches taken torestoration. It also highlights the accomplishments of The Native OlympiaOyster Collaborative, a community of practice formed to rebuild populations ofOlympia oysters to maintain their legacy for future generations, including a website thatserves as a portal for resources about native oyster science, restoration, andeducation, and story map that synthesizes approachesand lessons learned from Olympia oyster restoration projects to date. Theselessons apply to restoration of any coastal foundation species anywhere: theimportance of a structured decision-framework to match goals to approaches, theopportunities for community engagement, the need to consider ecosystemprocesses, and the value of a regional network for strategic planning.

Dr. Kerstin Wasson has served as Research Coordinator of the Elkhorn Slough NERR for the past 20 years, publishing about 40 papers on a variety of topics in estuarine science during this period, from sea otters to water quality. While she is dedicated to place-based research, she also has led various collaborative endeavors across a network of oyster and marsh restoration sites, scaling up to seek generality in estuarine ecology.

Dr. April Ridlon is the Collaborative Lead for the Native Olympia Oyster Collaborative (NOOC), and a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP). In these roles, she engages in and coordinates research into the native Olympia oyster, and is assessing aquaculture as a conservation intervention for this oyster, and for marine foundation species broadly.

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Tuesday, April 21 - 3:00pm 2020 - Tuesday, April 21 - 4:00pm 2020


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