Mr Kelsey Thompson

Director, Seasalter (Walney) Ltd T/A Morecambe Bay Oysters, England

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Seed Production, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out, Hatchery)

Bivalve hatchery operator and oyster farming specialist, currently supplying Native oyster seed to aquaculture operators and restoration projects alike.

E-Mail: info@morecambebayoysters.co.uk

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Mr Stuart Hancock

Research and Development, Fabrication and management, STARTUP TEAM - East Coast and Thames Estuary Lobster Hatchery, Oyster Fishery and Processing, UK

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Crassostrea angulata, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Disease, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Seed Production, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out, Hatchery, Spatting Pond, Wild Fishery)

Project affiliation

Just Joined Native Oyster Network also have Support From Essex Univeristy and support from Padstow Hatchery

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Dr. Jose M. Fariñas-Franco

Assistant Lecturer, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Historical Ecology, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Site Selection

I'm a marine ecologist and scientific diver studying the ecological functioning of marine habitats of high biodiversity, especially biogenic habitats formed by shellfish, the effects of anthropogenic impacts and the development of novel approaches for impact amelioration and ecological restoration. I have expertise in the aquaculture of biogenic reef forming bivalves (oysters, horse mussels) with the purpose of ecological restoration, site selection of restoration and translocation and monitoring of success using biodiversity of the associated community, survival and recruitment as metrics. In the past I have worked in several shellfish restoration projects such as the Modiolus Restoration Plan in Strangford Lough (Northern Ireland), monitoring condition and recovery in horse mussel Modiolus modiolus populations following restoration, and the Dornoch Firth Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP) in Scotland for the reintroduction of the native oyster Ostrea edulis, largely working on site selection and historical ecology.

E-Mail: josemaria.farinas-franco@gmit.ie

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Dr. Ana Bratoš Cetinić

University of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Historical Ecology, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Seed Production, Site Selection, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out)

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Dr. Stéphane POUVREAU

Marine biologist - Benthic ecologist - Scientific diver, Ifremer (French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea), France

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Site Selection

Project affiliation

The FOREVER (Flat Oyster REcoVERy) project

Stéphane is a marine biologist, working at Ifremer near Brest, in France. His current research is focused on the ecology and ecophysiology of temperate marines bivalves especially the flat oyster, the pacific oyster, but also the pectinids (Black and Great scallops). In another life during his PhD, he has also worked on the pearl oyster ecology in French Polynesia. Most of his projects is connected with conservation, restoration, aquaculture & fisheries. He is in charge of a national long term monitoring program on the pacific oyster reproduction (VELYGER) and a regional project on the flat oyster ecology & restoration (FOREVER). He is also involved in a new project on the black scallop ecology (MASCOET). Locally, Stéphane co-animates a regional research site (ZABRI) in relation with the International Long Term Ecological Research Network (ILTER). He is also a scientific diver and cannot conceive his work without going regularly at field !

E-Mail: Stephane.Pouvreau@Ifremer.fr
Web: https://www-iuem.univ-brest.fr/lemar/?lang=en

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Mr Raimund Weber

Hatchery Manager, ORKNEY SHELLFISH HATCHERY, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Seed Production

On behalf of OSH, we are focused on the reliable production of disease free O. edulis spat. We utilise high intensity influent and effluent sterilisation as well as a number of RASs and novel spawning and setting systems to achieve this.

E-Mail: info@orkneyshellfishhatchery.co.uk
Web: www.orkneyshellfishhatchery.co.uk

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Mr James Murphy

Marine Scientist, ARC Marine, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration

Project affiliation

De Rijke Noordzee

ARC Marine specialises in accelerating reef creation of damaged marine ecosystems. We develop innovative marine solutions utilising our Reef Cube technology that incorporate a nature inclusive design to habitat creation/restoration in the aquaculture, coastal defense, renewable energy and sub sea asset protection. Reef systems, including biogenic reefs, are some of the most productive and biologically diverse systems on earth and the more we can restore/create the better the benefits for us all. I oversee all our day to day operations of our projects and I have a keen interest in diving (both commercial and recreational) and with restoring as many habitats as possible to aid our vision of creating healthy, productive seas once again. Having been involved in various marine monitoring and ecological enhancement projects between the UK and Asia i am passionate in the belief that the creation of healthy marine habitats will be accomplished.

E-Mail: james.murphy@arcmarine.co.uk
Web: www.arcmarine.co.uk

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Dr. JOHN A. THEODOROU

Assistant Professor, DEPT OF ANIMAL PRODUCTION, FISHERIES & AQUACULTURE, Greece

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Seed Production, Site Selection

John A. Theodorou is a Shellfish Biologist (MSc University of Wales at Bangor, UK) specialized in Aquaculture and the Fisheries Product Quality Management & Marketing (Hull University, UK). His Ph.D. thesis referred to the Risk Analysis of the Mediterranean mussel farming (Ph.D. Gent University, Belgium). He has 20 years of hands-on experience in mussel farming and contributed to over 30 industrial and academic projects. As an expert, he contributed to the development of the FAO-GFCM Shellfish Demonstrative Centre in the Black Sea (2018). He coordinates 3 ongoing projects related to the: effects of the pearl oysters (i) and ascidians (ii) in shellfish activities and the (iii) use of aquaculture techniques for population recovery of the endangered Pinna nobilis. He is served as Assistant Professor in the School of Animal Production, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Patras University, Greece. He published 22 research papers and contributed to 13 book chapters of concerned actions.

E-Mail: jtheo@upatras.gr
Web: http://asfa.upatras.gr/?page_id=1888

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