Eastern Oyster Aquaculture in Georgia will be the topic of the CCA of Skidaway’s first meeting and seminar of the new year to be held on Monday, January 14, at St. Peter’s Church beginning at 7:00 pm. Thomas Bliss, the Director of the Shellfish Research Laboratory with the University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, will provide an overview of the research being conducted on oysters in the estuaries and in the shellfish hatchery to help get commercial oyster aquaculture established in Georgia. The Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) is native to the eastern coast of America from St. Lawrence, Canada to the Yucatan Peninsula and the West Indies. In Georgia, Eastern Oysters were once in abundance and heavily fished along the coastal estuaries during the late 1800s and the early 1900s. In 1908, Georgia led the nation in oyster harvesting, primarily for the oyster canning industry. However, their importance has declined since the 1930s because of overharvesting, and the industry serves only as a supplemental fishery resource today. Thomas Bliss, who grew up in Chattanooga, TN, received his B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in 1997 and his graduate degree from the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry in 2005. Over his career Bliss has conducted research on wildlife and fisheries management in California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Austria. He joined the Marine Extension in 2006; and, since becoming Director, he has worked extensively on single oyster aquaculture and established an oyster hatchery at the lab. In addition to aquaculture research, he continues to conduct research on living shorelines, fisheries ecology, and invasive species. Bliss currently lives on Skidaway Island with his wife Angela, two children Emma (7) and Benjamin (3), and three dogs. An oyster steamer from Bass Pro Shops will be the CCA’s January raffle prize. CCA is a non-profit organization with chapters on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts. For more information about CCA of Skidaway contact Joe Tyson, 598-8765. For more information about CCA’s Georgia District, contact Tom Rood, 598-9753. For information about this month’s meeting and seminar, contact Dave Devore, 330-329-6457. Area residents are invited to attend the CCA of Skidaway meetings and seminars held on the second Monday of the month at St. Peter’s Church.
January 14th, 2019 7:00 PM through 8:30 PM