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Webinar: Restoring Native Oysters on North America's West Coast

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020, 3:00

Tuesday, April 21, 2020. 3:00PM. Webinar: Restoring Native Oysters on North America's West Coast. Kerstin Wasson and April Ridlon, Elkhorn Slough NERR. Sponsored by National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative. More information here

 

Ostrea lurida, the Olympia oyster, is native to the western coast of North America from British Columbia to Baja California, where it is a vital part of bays and estuaries along the Pacific coast, providing food for humans and other species and enriching diversity. This webinar introduces the unique ecology of the Olympia oyster, the challenges it faces, and approaches taken to restoration. It also highlights the accomplishments of The Native Olympia Oyster Collaborative, a community of practice formed to rebuild populations of Olympia oysters to maintain their legacy for future generations, including a website that serves as a portal for resources about native oyster science, restoration, and education, and story map that synthesizes approaches and lessons learned from Olympia oyster restoration projects to date. These lessons apply to restoration of any coastal foundation species anywhere: the importance of a structured decision-framework to match goals to approaches, the opportunities for community engagement, the need to consider ecosystem processes, and the value of a regional network for strategic planning.

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