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Prof. Ioannis Giantsis

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Western Macedonia, Greece, Greece

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Disease, Genetics, Invasive Species

I am an Assistant Professor of Animal Genetics in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Western Macedonia, Greece. My research interest and expertise includes, inter alia, molecular genetics and genomics of bivalve species, with a particular focus on population biology, detection of bivalve pathogens and new invasive parasites, bivalve physiology, and development and / or application of molecular markers for the discrimination of closely related species in the context of traceability issues. Effects of climate change on the general ecology of bivalves fall under my research interests as well. Finally, all aspects of aquaculture are also among my research interests.

E-Mail: igiants@agro.auth.gr

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Dr. Anamarija Frankic

Research Professor, University of Zadar Croatia, Croatia

Expertise

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

Project affiliation

NORRI.ie

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Gerard Macdonald

Manager, Orasay Edulis, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis
Aquaculture, Seed Production, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out)

Orasay Edulis is based on the island of Barra in the Western Isles of Scotland. We take seed from disease free hatcheries and grow them using the latest aquaculture methods to get the best growth and survival. The waters around Barra do not have a population of edulis. We know this because neither divers nor dredgers have found live stock; there are no old shells turning up on our shores; our local Pacific oyster farm sees no settlement of edulis on either shells or on equipment. All of the above is very important for biosecurity reasons. We recently (July 2020) took in 100,000 O. edulis seed from Morecambe bay hatchery and have been growing them in suspended culture. Growth and survival has been good to date. We are happy to discuss supply of stock to meet your project's needs.

E-Mail: thenamesgerard@gmail.com

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Dr. Stein Mortensen

Senior scientist, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Disease, Historical Ecology, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Public Outreach

Microbiologist, spesialization in bivalve health and disease transmission. Experience from projects on oyster, mussel and scallop aquaculture. Leading a National Reference Laboratory function on diagnostics of bivalve diseases in Norway and a healtth monitoring programme, including wild and farmed populations of flat oysters and mussels. Leading a Nordic collaborative network on Pacific oysters in Scandinavia, studying the spreading dynamics, mitigation as well as a potential exploration of Pacific oysters as a new resource. Also involved in public outreach through communication with stakeholders, including managers.

E-Mail: stein.mortensen@hi.no
Web: https://www.hi.no/hi

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Mr Tristan Hugh-Jones

Atlantic Shellfish Ltd. / Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery, Ireland / Scotland

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Disease, Genetics, Seed Production, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out, Hatchery, Spatting Pond, Wild Fishery)

Project affiliation

Loch Ryan, SW Scotland.

Atlantic Shellfish Ltd. has been breeding O. edulis since 1969, by using 22 breeding ponds in Cork Harbour, capable of producing 100 tonnes / year of marketable oysters. The ponds are used to produce spat, which are then grown and fattened in the North Channel of the harbour. The company mainly supplies the restaurant market, with fully grown, well graded oysters, packed to the customers need. Atlantic Shellfish also is running the Loch Ryan wild native oyster fishery in South West Scotland, which has a sustainable, natural production of O. edulis which is free from Bonamia. These are mostly harvested for the restaurant market also. The company has depuration tanks in London, and is able to supply the UK market overnight with O. edulis and C. gigas, along with exports from Heathrow.

E-Mail: tristan@oysters.co.uk
Web: www.rossmoreoysters.com

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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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