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Webinar: Decision Support for Siting of Shellfish Aquaculture

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Tuesday, 20 October 2020, 3:00

Tuesday, October 20, 2020. 3:00 PM. Webinar: Decision Support for Siting of Shellfish Aquaculture. Beth Darrow, Bald Head Island Conservancy; Martin Posey, University of North Carolina Wilmington; Doug Bell, NOAA. Sponsored by NERRS Science Collaborative. More information here.

North Carolina’s shellfish aquaculture industry has been small but stable for over 30 years. The southern portion of the North Carolina coast has consistently provided more than 50 percent of the wild harvest in the state, which has been driving interest in creating new oyster farms throughout the region. Simultaneously, increased interest in shellfish aquaculture has placed pressure on resource managers making siting decisions. New farms provide an opportunity to assess conditions after farm installation, making North Carolina estuaries an ideal place to explore the ecosystem services of shellfish farming. This project aimed to link small-scale changes around oyster farms with larger-scale ecosystem-level alterations, and provide local assessment of ecosystem services to be considered by decision-makers.

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