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The Future of the Eastern Oyster is Seminar Topic

The future of the Eastern oyster, which is threatened by commercial exploitation, disease and climate change, will be discussed by one of the East Coast's leading oyster fisheries researchers in an Old Dominion University Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography (CCPO) seminar Monday, Oct. 26.

Eric Powell, who directs Rutgers University's Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory and New Jersey's Aquaculture Technology Transfer Center, will speak at 3:30 p.m. in the CCPO's Room 3200 of the Innovation Research Park Building 1 in University Village.

The seminar is free and open to the public. A pre-seminar reception with refreshments will begin at 3.

Powell's current research is directed at understanding how disease, climate change and fishing levels affect oyster populations, and how the research findings can be incorporated into management plans.

He has collaborated with CCPO researchers in some of his projects.

Bill Dewar of Florida State University was previously announced as the Oct. 26 CCPO seminar presenter, but his visit has been postponed until the spring.

This article was posted on: October 21, 2009

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