SNAPP TEAM:Conservation Aquaculture
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What are the social and ecological trade-offs of using aquaculture as a conservation tool for marine foundation species, and what are the responsible methods for using this approach?
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Blog: Can We Save the Olympic Oyster by Eating It?

This blog article published in TNC’s Cool Green Science blog relays the research questions that motivated the Conservation Aquaculture working group, and some of the group’s key takeaways.

Conservation aquaculture as a tool for imperiled marine species: Evaluation of opportunities and risks for Olympia oysters, Ostrea lurida

This article identifies 12 benefits of culturing Olympia oysters, including identifying climate-resilient phenotypes that add diversity to growers’ portfolios. Additionally, the research identifies 11 key risks of culturing Olympia oysters, and 10 priority estuaries where aquaculture is most likely to benefit Olympia oyster recovery.

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April Ridlon
Science for Nature and People Partnership / National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis
Kerstin Wasson
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Edwin Grosholz
University of California, Davis
Tiffany Waters
Global Aquaculture, The Nature Conservancy
Aric Bickel
SECORE International
Betsy Peabody
Puget Sound Restoration Fund
Boze Hancock
Global Reefs, The Nature Conservancy
Chela Zabin
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Danielle Zacherl
California State University, Fullerton
Diego Lirman
University of Miami
Elizabeth Tobin
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Gary Fleener
Hog Island Oyster Co.
Gifford Pinchot IV
Chelsea Farms
Halley Froehlich
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), University of California, Santa Barbara
Hollie Putnam
University of Rhode Island
Jamie Donatuto
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
John Adams
Sound Fresh Clams and Oysters
Joseph Pollock
Caribbean Division, The Nature Conservancy
Julio Lorda
Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
Madhavi Colton
Coral Reef Alliance
Margaret Miller
SECORE International
Michael Tlusty
University of Massachusetts
Peter Mumby
University of Queensland
Rhona Govender
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Steve Rumrill
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
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