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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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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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Ms Monica Fabra

PhD researcher, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Disease, Genetics, Invasive Species, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Seed Production, Oyster Supplier (Hatchery)

Project affiliation

Solent Oyster Restoration Project

I am a marine biologist, specialised in Marine Ecology, currently PhD student at the Institute of Marine Sciences of Portsmouth (University of Portsmouth, UK). My research involves the hatchery production of the native oyster O.edulis as spat-on-shell for restoration in the Solent. I am investigating the genetic implications surrounding the employment of locally adapted broodstock from disease-affected areas, for the hatchery production of native oyster seed for restoration purposes, monitoring the genetic diversity and potential disease-resistance during the whole production process. I am also investigating the mechanisms of competitive exclusion of C. fornicata, assessing the factors responsible for the inhibition of O. edulis natural recruitment in the Solent. During my most recent work experience, I've been running an aquarium based experiment to investigate the role of microplastics as pathogen vectors. All my previous experiences include projects related to the biodiversity and conservation fields of study.

E-Mail: monica.fabra@port.ac.uk

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Dr. Boze Hancock

Senior Marine Habitat Restoration Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, United States

Expertise

Ostrea edulis
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Disease, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Genetics, Historical Ecology, Monitoring, Site Selection

Developing the science, networks and communication to allow the scale-up of shellfish reef restoration to address habitat destruction on an ecologically meaningful scale. This includes developing the primary science to support restoration and quantifying the ecosystem services provided by the restored habitat, translating that science into formats accessible to a variety of practitioners and facilitating knowledge exchange across a range of projects, geographies and taxa.

E-Mail: BHANCOCK@TNC.ORG

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Dr. Pierre Boudry

Head of Research Unit, Ifremer, France

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea angulata
Aquaculture, Genetics

Research scientist within Ifremer since 1994, Pierre Boudry develops studies on genetics and genomics of marine molluscs exploited by fisheries or aquaculture. He focusses on population genetics (diversity, adaptation) and genetic improvement (domestication, selective breeding) of bivalves.

E-Mail: pboudry@ifremer.fr
Web: https://annuaire.ifremer.fr/cv/15809/

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