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  • November 5, 2019
    Episode 1: Shellfish Aquaculture - The Basics

  • In this episode, we explore what it means to be a shellfish farmer in the United States, including covering what shellfish aquaculture is, who does it, where it occurs, who regulates it, and where the farmed shellfish go.

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  • November 12, 2019
    Episode 2: Shellfish 101

  • In Episode 1, we talked about the basics of shellfish farming. In this episode, we cover shellfish biology and the role that shellfish play in the ecosystem. The episode also features an interview with James Gledhill, a grad student in the Department of Biomolecular Science at the University of Mississippi. James is studying environmental toxicology, and his research is on oyster reefs in the Mississippi Sound.

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  • November 19, 2019
    Episode 3: Leasing/Permitting

  • Most shellfish farming takes place on public land – whether in bays or estuaries, shallow areas near shore, or deeper ocean waters. This means farmers have to work with the state or federal government when setting up their aquaculture operations. In addition, shellfish farmers may face additional hurdles, including other federal, state, and local requirements, and also face the risk of theft.

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  • November 26, 2019
    Episode 4: Freshwater Problems

  • In previous episodes, we focused on legal issues involving shellfish grown in bays or open marine environments. However, freshwater sources can impact shellfish aquaculture as well. In this episode, we talk about some of the legal issues involving freshwater that have affected shellfish aquaculture in recent years.

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  • December 3, 2019
    Episode 5: Impacts of Storms/Natural Disasters

  • In this episode, we talk about the impact of disaster events on shellfish aquaculture. Farmers grow shellfish outdoors in rivers, estuaries, bays, and the ocean. Like their land-based counterparts, shellfish farms are often at the mercy of Mother Nature. Hurricanes, floods, harmful algal blooms, and oil spills can all take their toll, leaving shellfish farmers wondering what disaster relief may be available to them.

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  • December 10, 2019
    Episode 6: Invaders

  • In this episode, we talk about the impact of invasive species and diseases on shellfish aquaculture. During our discussion we talk to Sam Chan, a professor at Oregon State University and statewide aquatic invasive species specialist with Oregon Sea Grant.

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