Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

O/ODR-1

The Oyster Disease Research Program: 1989-2001: A Meeting to Assess the State of the Science and the Future of Restoration

Principal Investigator: 

Jonathan G. Kramer

Start/End Year: 

2001 to 2004

Institution: 

Maryland Sea Grant

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Description: 

Objectives: The objectives of this project are to organize and facilitate a national meeting to assess progress made in the National Sea Grant Oyster Disease Research Program. Particular emphasis will be placed on efforts made at the Mid-Atlantic states although participation from across the U.S. will be solicited and included. The meeting will examine both the state of our scientific understanding of oyster disease as well as current strategies for managing and restoring populations. Of particular importance will be sessions designed to identify emerging scientific areas as well as strategies for oyster restoration in the Mid-Atlantic and throughout the nation. Methodology: A steering Committee comprised of representatives of key stakeholder groups will be convened to develop a detailed agenda and list of participants for a 2-day meeting to be held in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The target date for this event will be Autumn 2002. Maryland Sea Grant will provide core organizational and logistical support and will act as the primary facilitators for the meeting. The program will also produce and publish a written report that summarizes consensus statements for scientific and management issues. Rationale: The Oyster Disease Research Program is now entering it's second decade. If it is to remain a vital and essential catalyst, it must promote the best science and support the next generation of restoration efforts. In order to achieve this goal, it is essential that we bring the most important stakeholders together to synthesize what has been learned and to develop a strong agenda for the future. This meeting will achieve this and will serve as a highly visible outreach vehicle for the participants and the ORDP as a whole.

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