The North Carolina oyster summit: summary and recommendations
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The North Carolina oyster summit: summary and recommendations

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    In response to the decline of East Coast oyster production, N.C. Sea Grant and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries sponsored the North Carolina Oyster Summit on April 29, 1994. The conference was held at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Experts from North Carolina and elsewhere were assembled to assess their experiences and to discuss directions for improving the state's oyster program. The withering oyster industry in North Carolina is a complex problem without easy remedies. From 2 million bushels a year at the turn of the century to a feeble 50,000 annually over the past three years, the state's lagging production begs attention. To reverse the trend, new approaches will be required and tough policy questions will need to be addressed. A coordinated program of combined inputs from research, management, oyster harvesters, processors, environmentalis​ts and consumers is needed to empower the state to make the necessary changes. This paper outlines the results and recommendations of the N.C. Oyster Summit, which gathered experts from the state and throughout the country and a shellfish aquaculturist from France to share experiences and discuss directions for the North Carolina oyster industry.
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