2017 Oyster South Symposium

The Oyster South Symposium (OSS) is being held by Oyster South, Inc. (a non-profit dedicated to advancing oyster aquaculture in the southern US), in collaboration with National Sea Grant, Alabama Cooperative Extension and Auburn University, to bring together producers, gear suppliers, distributors, chefs, food writers, vendors, researchers, students and managers from the southeast region to discuss pressing issues and relevant, practical research on oyster aquaculture on January 27-28th, 2017 in Auburn, AL. Registration includes admission to all informational sessions (all day Friday and Saturday morning), all breaks, lunch on Friday, January 27th, the mixer on Friday night, and the trade show. Meeting fees are based on current OS membership and industry role (see below).

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For any commercial growers that register to attend, National Sea Grant has provided financial assistance to defray your costs of attending this symposium by at least $150. This benefit is on a first come, first serve basis, so please register early (see below). You will be contacted by email with details after you register.

Dates: Friday, January 27th - Saturday, January 28th (done by noon so attendees can get ready to attend and celebrate southern oysters at the Alabama Oyster Social on Saturday night and raise funds to support Alabama’s oyster farmers. This is a separate event.).

Meeting Venue: Auburn University, Center for Advanced Science Innovation and Commerce (CASIC), Auburn, AL

Lodging: A block of rooms have been reserved for this meeting at the Courtyard Marriot in Auburn, AL (Check in Thursday, January 26th and depart Sunday, January 29th at $89/night, but rooms must be booked by January 5th, 2017).

Registration: You can register here for the Symposium (but note below that registration rates are less expensive for members).

Category OS Member Rate Non-Member Rate
Commercial Oyster Grower $35 $75
Student/Educator/Government/Media $35 $75
Related Industry $60 $200
Vendor Space (requires registration) $100 $400

Oyster South Membership: Membership in Oyster South, a non-profit 501(c)(3), will be composed of general members (oyster eaters and lovers) and producer members. The symposium is intended for producer members. Currently, annual membership dues are listed below, and you can join here:

  • Growers (individuals or businesses involved in the day to day commerical farming of oysters [hatchery, nursery and grow-out]), $35/year
  • Students/Educators/Government Employees/Media Members (individuals or institutions involved in education, research, outreach and communication about the farming of oysters, including but not limited to enrolled students, media members, teachers, scientists, state agency employees and Extension agents), $15/year
  • Related Industry (individuals or businesses involved in industries associated with the farming of oysters, including but not limited to wholesalers, restaurants, seafood markets, gear suppliers, and other vendors - these members must provide a discount of their own choosing to other current, paid members of OysterSouth [demonstrated by OS partner card]), $350/year

Oyster South membership benefits and requirements will be detailed on the Oyster South website. This information is provided here to provide information about the costs of attending the Oyster South Symposium.

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