Mr Iain Ross

Managing Director, The Native Oyster & Shellfish Company Ltd, Scotland

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Site Selection, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out)

Project affiliation

Glenmorangie DEEP

We produce Ostrea edulis for both the table and restoration market on our disease free farm in Wester Ross, Scotland. We have been involved in the on growing of the 'Native' since we started the farm and as a result have a great respect for this little creature and appreciate the challanges involved in their cultivation. We are a key supply chain partner of the Glenmorangie DEEP project and are working closely with that project to deliver significant volumes of part grown stock for relaying in the Dornoch Firth. We are also greatly interested in preservation of existing wild Scottish population and are working with others to identify, protect and enhance these.

E-Mail: info@maorachbeag.scot
Web: https://scottishshellfishcompany.com/

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Alison Debney

Programme Lead, Ecosystem Restoration, Zoological Society of London (ZSL), United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Historical Ecology, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach, Site Selection

Project affiliation

Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative, Wild Oyster, Native Oyster Network - UK & Ireland

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Dr. Loren Coen

Research Prof., Dept. of Biological Sciences, HBOI, Florida Atlantic University, US

Expertise

Other Bivalve Species
Disease, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Historical Ecology, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach, Site Selection

Project affiliation

OIMMP Mapping intertidal oysters, GEMS, Brevard Lagoon Restoration

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Mr Hein Sas

Owner, Sas Consultancy, Nederland

Expertise

Ostrea edulis
Biosecurity, Disease, Historical Ecology, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach, Seed Production, Site Selection

Project affiliation

All Dutch native oyster retoration projects, in one way or the other

As one of the initiators of native oyster restoration in Dutch waters, I am currently functioning as an informal network coordinator, operating between the various restoration projects and related organisations. With the purpose of stimulating cooperation and exchange of information, in order to speed up the learning curve we have to go through. As member of the NORA Advisory Board I also attempt to stimulate cross-border cooperation and information exchange at a European level.

E-Mail: hsas@xs4all.nl

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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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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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Ms Corina Peter

Research Assistant, Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz centre for polar and marine research, Germany

Expertise

Ostrea edulis
Public Outreach, Site Selection

Project affiliation

RESTORE, PROCEED

My main focus is on conducting outreach to the public developing 1) educational material e. g. for German highschool students and teachers, 2) information material for interested visitors e.g. info boards and flyer, 3) an interactive online platform to increase the knowledge on the native oyster and its valuable ecosystem functions.

E-Mail: Corina.peter@awi.de
Web: https://www.awi.de/forschung/biowissenschaften/oekologie-der-schelfmeere/schwerpunkte/europaeische-auster/proceed.html

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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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Dr. Norbert Dankers

Estuarine ecologist, Retired Wageningen Marine Research, The Netherlands

Expertise

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

Worked in WaddenSea for 40 years on many aspects of ecology. Much on impacts on mussel and cockle. Studied natural development of introduced Pacific Oyster and recovery of mussel beds in impacted areas. Monitored specific mussel beds for more than 25 years. Contributed to the birth of quantifying Environmental services in 1978. Much interest and experience in ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management)

E-Mail: norbertdankers@hotmail.com

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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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Dr. Irrintzi Ibarrola

Senior Lecturer (Tenure), University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Site Selection

Project affiliation

The Mar Menor Oyster Project

Senior lecturer in Comparative and environmental animal physiology in the University of the Basque Country (North Spain). My research (since 1989) is focused on the physiological energetics of marine bivalves. This includes multidisciplinary analysis (physiology, cell biology, genomics) of the effect that exogenous variables (temperature, salinity, food availability) exert on the physiological performance, growth and reproduction of the bivalves at individual scale. In the last 10 years, my research is focused on the physiological and genetic basis of the endogenously determined inter-individual differences in growth rate in both hatchery produced and wild populations of bivalves.

E-Mail: irrintzi.ibarrola@ehu.eus

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Dr. Tom Cameron

Senior Lecturer in Ecology, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex, United Kingdom

Expertise

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

Project affiliation

ENORI

I am an applied ecologist working in marine and freshwater habitats to understand the consequences of individual variation in behaviour, survival, growth and reproduction of organisms in a population, community and evolution context. A great deal of the research in my group at Essex is on shellfish and fish including aquaculture and wild fisheries, and restoration and recovery of fish and shellfish stocks and habitats. At Essex we work from individual physiological responses of shellfish in our marine laboratories to the ecology of on bed mariculture and fisheries at multiple spatial scales. We work closely with oyster producers in Essex and beyond to deliver sustainable and profitable businesses and food security from the blue growth sector. Beyond shellfish and fish our group also works on saltmarshes, coastal marshes, mudflat and seagrass beds from microbial ecosystem functions to carbon capture and all services in between.

E-Mail: tcameron@essex.ac.uk
Web: https://www.essex.ac.uk/people/camer52908/thomas-cameron

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Dr. Andrew Woolmer

Marine Ecologist / Oyster Farmer, Atlantic Edge Oysters (Tethys Oysters Ltd), UK

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Invasive Species, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Seed Production, Site Selection, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out, Spatting Pond)

Project affiliation

Mumbles Oyster Restoration Project, Welsh Native Oyster Restoration Project

A marine biologist with long history in oyster restoration and wild fisheries management. He developed and run a successful restoration project in Swansea Bay (Wales) which has reported early indications of spill over and recruitment. An advisor to UK Government agencies he has recently produced a number of advice documents and strategy reports. He is currently involved in restoration projects in Wales and Cornwall and has advised on a number of similar projects across the UK. Most recently he has developed a commercial oyster farm in Pembrokeshire which grows Ostrea edulis for restoration alongside a commercial crop of Crassostrea gigas to support the activity. The next step is development of spatting ponds to produce cost-effective native oyster seed.

E-Mail: andy@atlanticedgeoysters.co.uk
Web: www.atlanticedgeoysters.co.uk

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Dr. William Sanderson

MASTS Reader / Associate Professor, Hariot-Watt University, UK

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Biosecurity, Disease, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach, Seed Production, Site Selection

Project affiliation

Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project

Societal benefits, restoration, ecology, biodiversity & monitoring of: 1. Shellfish reefs, 2. Marine Protected Areas 3. Priority habitats of nature conservation importance, The win-win between biodiversity conservation, ecosystem function and marine development Biodiversity mapping and management in Marine Spatial Planning Sustainable development and habitat use by species of high biodiversity conservation importance

E-Mail: w.g.sanderson@hw.ac.uk
Web: https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/persons/william-sanderson

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Dr. Luke Helmer

Scientific Officer, Blue Marine Foundation / University of Portsmouth / University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Disease, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach, Seed Production, Site Selection

Project affiliation

Solent Oyster Restoration Project / The Wild Oysters Project

Primarily focused on providing a strong scientific foundation for the Solent Oyster Restoration Project, my intrests are broad as there are many issues to consider within our system. My previous research has involved invasive species, restoration aquaculture systems, disease and associated biodiversity. More recently we have been working on scaling up reef restoration and I have been encouraging the movement towards integrated ecosystem restoration (Oysters, Saltmarsh, Seagrass and Kelp). Outreach, communication and engement with a range of audiences is also something that I keen to develop across Europe following our successful activities in the UK.

E-Mail: luke@bluemarinefoundation.com
Web: https://www.bluemarinefoundation.com/projects/solent/

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Dr. Joanne Preston

Reader in Marine Ecology & Evolution, University of Porstmouth, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis
Biosecurity, Disease, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Seed Production, Site Selection

Project affiliation

Solent Oyster Restoration Project, Native Oyster Network

My conversation priority is the interconnected restoration of coastal habitats, particularly oyster reefs, seagrass and saltmarsh. My research is focused on the ecology of these species and habitats, and thier interactions with environmental pressures such as climate change, microplastics, disease, invasive species and excessive nutrients (eutrophication). I am also intersted in host-pathogen interactions in filter-feeders, and genetic adaptations and diversity of the native oyster. In 2017 I founded the UK and Ireland Native Oyster Restoration Network in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London, which aims to catalyse a national approach to oyster habitat restoration via action, communication and providing evidence for policy change. I'm an advisory board member for the European Native Oyster Restoration Alliance and a founding member of the Solent Oyster Restoration Project team, led by Blue Marine Foundation, for which I act as an technical and scientific advisor alongside active restoration practice.

E-Mail: joanne.preston@port.ac.uk
Web: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/joanne-preston

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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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