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On-Bottom Mariculture Conference

Date: 1 November 2001
Contact: Ray RaLonde, UAF Marine Advisory Program, 907-274-9691,
NR: SG-2001/NR204

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—A conference to discuss the mariculture of shellfish that live on the sea floor is scheduled for November 13-14, 2001, at the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. While Alaska has a thriving oyster-growing industry that employs techniques that suspend the product in the water, the culture of on-bottom species is in its infancy. Industry leaders, scientists, and regulators will discuss disease, genetics, benthic abiotic and biotic effects, eelgrass, birds, marine mammals, water quality, and use of predator exclusion netting, among other topics. This is a working conference devoted to discussions that will help define the growth and regulation of this industry. Major sponsors and organizers of the conference include the Alaska Sea Grant and Marine Advisory programs, University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Alaskan Shellfish Growers Association, the Pacific Aquaculture Caucus, and the Alaska Export Council. For more information, please see

The Alaska Sea Grant College Program is a marine research, education and outreach service headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Sea Grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in partnership with the state of Alaska and private industry.

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