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2nd Annual Oyster South Symposium
Hyatt Place Charleston
Charleston, SC
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2nd Annual Oyster South Symposium
The Oyster South Symposium (OSS) is being held by Oyster South (a non-profit dedicated to advancing oyster aquaculture in the southern US), in collaboration with National Sea Grant, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, and Alabama Cooperative Extension, 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 February 9-10, 2018 in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Registration includes admission to all informational sessions (all day Friday and Saturday morning), all breaks, lunch on Friday, Feb. 9th, a mixer on Friday night, and the trade show. Meeting fees are based on current OS membership and industry role (see below).

For any commercial growers that register to attend, National Sea Grant has provided financial assistance to defray your costs of attending this symposium by $200 (paid after attending the meeting). This benefit is on a first come, first serve basis to the first 60 commercial growers registered, so please register early (see below). You will be contacted by email with details after you register. **Update Jan. 17, 2018: As of today, the support has been accounted for by current registrations. Any additional growers will be placed on a wait list in order of registration in case any currently qualified growers do not attend. At this point, however, growers registering now should understand that support is likely not available.**

Dates: Friday, February 9th - Saturday, February 10th (done by noon).

Meeting Venue: Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District, 560 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Lodging: A block of rooms have been reserved for this meeting at the Hyatt Place Charleston (Check-in Thursday, February 8th and depart Saturday, February 10th at $149/night, with an option for Saturday night as well, but rooms must be booked by January 21, 2018). You can access this rate by using this link:  **The rooms are filling up fast and may be sold out. The Hampton Inn Historic District is about a 10 minute walk from the Hyatt.**

Commercial Oyster Grower $40 ($80 for non-OS members)
Student/Educator/Government/Media $40 ($80 for non-OS members)
Related Industry $60 ($200 for non-OS members)
Vendor Space (requires vendor registration) $100 ($400 for non-OS members)

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 for producer members. Currently, annual membership projected dues are:

Growers (individuals or businesses involved in the day-to-day commercial farming of oysters (including 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, $200/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.


Hyatt Place Charleston (View)
560 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
United States



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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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