Seventh International Oyster Symposium

Level 5, Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor, LL57 2TQ, UK

MONDAY 11th September

15.00-18.30  Registration and Speaker Preparation Desk open.
16.00-18.00  WOS Steering Committee, Council Chambers, Top College, Bangor University, LL57 2DG
18.30-20.00 WELCOME RECEPTION, Level 2, Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre

TUESDAY 12th September

08.30-09.00 Refreshments
08.30-15.00 Registration and speaker preparation desk open

Opening Address        

09.00-09.15 Prof Katsu Mori, President of the World Oyster Society
09.15-09.30 Dr Andy Fraser, Head of Fisheries, Welsh Government

Session 1 - Innovation

09.30-10.00 Florent Tarbouriech. Inventing a solar breeding technique in the Mediterranean Thau Lagoon to boost oyster qualities to the premium level.
10.00-10.20 Ma. Junemie Hazel Lebata-Ramos, Cleresa Dionela, Schedar Rose Novilla, Jonas Mediavilla, Rema Sibonga, Ellen Flor Solis and Frances Patrick Alicante.       Why me? Because I'm single, young and more meaty  
10.20-10.40 Valentin Foulon, Bruno Petton, Sébastien Artigaud, Manon Buscaglia, Fabienne Guérard, Claire Hellio and Pierre Boudry. First insights into the composition of adhesive secreted by Crassostrea gigas larvae during settlement.   
10.40-11.10 Refreshments    

Mitsugu Watanabe, Saori Yamanouchi, miko Miki and Takayuki Watanabe. The role of a novel antioxidant extracted from oyster, Crassostrea gigas, in the stress relief and the gonadal function in oxidative stress female rats.


Kenji Yoshiike, Hirotoshi Fuda, Hitoshi Chiba, Mitsugu Watanabe. The role of a novel antioxidant extracted from oyster, Crassostrea gigas, in the stress relief and the gonadal function in oxidative stress female rats.

12.00-12.20 Tsubasa Haraguchi and Kazunari Tanaka.  Effects of feeding oyster on lipid metabolism in rats
12.20-13.30 Lunch    
13.30-14.00 Ziniu Yu, Yang Zhang and Zhiming Xiang. Draft genome of the Hong Kong oyster Crassostrea hongkongensis.

Session 2 - Developing New Markets and Products


Katsuya Kuroki, Emiko Miki, Yoshihiro Urade and Mitsugu Watanabe. Antioxidant and stress reduction effects of a novel antioxidant derived from oyster on overstimulation of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis induced by brain oxidative stress.

14.20-14.40 Er Jin Eio, Emiko Miki, Takayuki Watanabe, Masanobu Katagiri, Riko Fukuda, Yoshihiro Urade, Mitsugu Watanabe. Effects of consuming of oyster extract drink containing 3,5-dihydroxy-4-methoxybenzyl alcohol (DHMBA) on stress, fatigue, and sleep.  

Katy Davidson. Changing Culture - The value and importance of the communication and development of an 'Ostrelier' culture.

15.00-15.30 Refreshments

Session 3 - Global Expansion

15.30-15.50 Unai Aldalur, Beñat Zaldibar and Izaskun Zorita. Growth performance of oyster Ostrea edulis and Crassostrea gigas cultured in the open ocean of the southeastern Bay of Biscay.  
15.50-16.10 Willy Versluys. Value@Sea: a new initiative for sustainable culture of shellfish and seaweed.

Public lecture, Pontio

17.00-17.30 Drinks reception, Pontio level 2
17.30-18.30 Prof Michael Crawford, Imperial College London. The role of sea foods in reversing the global crisis in mental ill-health.  Sponsored by National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and Environment (NRN-LCEE). Pontio, Level 5.

WEDNESDAY 13th September

08.30-09.00 Refreshments
08.30-12.00 Registration and speaker preparation desk open

Session 4 - Restoration

09.00-09.30 Anamarija Frankić. An urgent call for massive local and global oyster habitat restoration!
09.30-09.50 Tristan Hugh-Jones.    Selective breeding of the European native oyster Ostrea edulis using ponds in Rossmore, Ireland, and management of the Loch Ryan oyster fishery, Scotland.
09.50-10.10 Morven Robertson.    Working title: Restoration of oysters in the Solent  
10.10-10.30 Bernadette Pogoda.  Current status of European oyster restoration in Germany.  
10.30-10.50 Evelyn Tickle Concrete oysters; innovation in artificial substrate for oyster reef restoration, commercial and private oyster farmers.   
10.50-11.20 Refreshments

Zoë Hilton. Steve Webb, Nick King, Jane Symonds, Julien Vignier, Jonathan Banks, Suong Thao Nguyen, Konstanze Steiner, Serean Adams.  Overview of the recent occurrence of Bonamia ostreae in the native flat oyster Ostrea chilensis in New Zealand; current status, control efforts, and challenges for the future.

11.40-12.00 Andrew Schofield.Tidal Lagoons and Opportunities Presented for Native Oyster Restoration.

Session 5 - Environmental Sustainability

12.00-12.30 Francis O'Beirn. Risk assessment framework for licencing aquaculture activities in NATURA 2000 sites in Ireland.  
12.30-12.50 Steve McOrrie and Ian Lyall. Building resource security and environmental sustainability for the New South Wales oyster industry – a stakeholder partnership.  
12.50-13.10 Ibrahim Al-Maslamani, David Smyth, Mark Walton, Mohammed al-Mohannadi and Lewis Le Vay. Oyster beds in the Arabian Gulf; ecosystem engineers under threat.  
13.10-13.30 David L.J. Vendrami, Luca Telesca and Joseph I. Hoffman. Investigation of the genetic structure of the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) in Europe using a high density SNP array.
13.30-14.30 Lunch

Nadescha Zwerschke, Philip R. Hollyman, Romy Wild, Robin Strigner, John R. Turner, Jonathan W. King Low context independent impact of Crassostrea gigas on intertidal assemblage structure and biodiversity revealed in invaded communities across Europe.

Session 6 - Ecosystem Services

14.50-15.10 Maria Emília Cunha, Hugo Quental-Ferreira, Laura Ribeiro, Florbela Soares and Pedro Pousão-Ferreira. Oyster and fish integrated aquaculture in earthen ponds for production and environmental conservation.
15.10-15.30 Daniel Kerrigan and Coleen C. Suckling. A meta-analysis of integrated multitrophic aquaculture: extractive species growth is most successful within close proximity to open-water fish farms.
15.30-16.00 Refreshments
16.00-16.20 Andrew van der Schatte Olivier, Lawrence Jones, Lewis Le Vay, Mike Christie, James Wilson and Shelagh Malham.   A (global) review on the ecosystem services provided by shellfish aquaculture.  
16.20-16.40 Laurence Jones, Shelagh Malham, Helen Taft, David Cooper, Cai Ladd, Mathew Seymour, David Jones, James McDonald, Peter Robins and Lewis Le Vay. Large scale versus local effects: challenges predicting E.coli levels in shellfish.  

Public Lecture, Pontio level 2

17.00-18.00 The Second Annual Dennis Crisp Memorial Lecture in Marine Sciences.  Prof Brian Bayne. A dreadful but exciting life, full of stress, passion and danger.

Oyster Celebration, Château Rhianfa, Glyn Garth, Anglesey, LL59 5NS

18:15-18:30 Buses depart from Pontio (Deiniol Road) to Château Rhianfa
19.00-21.30 A CELEBRATION OF THE COOKED OYSTER, Château Rhianfa

THURSDAY 14th September

08.30-09.00 Refreshments

Session 7 - Disease Management and Climate Change

09.00-09.30 Zoë Hilton, Norman Ragg, Hannah Mae, Aditya Kesarcodi-Watson, Samantha Gale, Mark Camara, Nick King, David Burritt, Brendon Dunphy, Ben Mortensen, Andrea Alfaro and Tim Young. Progress in selective breeding for resilience to ostreid herpes virus in Crassostrea gigas in New Zealand.  
09.30-09.50 Steve McOrrie, Michael Dove and Wayne O'Connor. Breeding a "better" disease resistant oyster – the trade-offs.  
09.50-10.10 Juan L. Barja  and Susana Prado. A tale on oysters, hatcheries, pathogens and probiotics.
10.10-10.30 Qi Li, Xuelin Zhao and Hong Yu. Transcriptome response to salinity stress in the pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas).
10.30-10.50 Keisuke G Takahashi, Naoki Itoh and Katsuyoshi Mori. ITRAQ-based quantitative proteomic analysis of hemocytes of Crassosotrea gigas in response to synthetic double-stranded RNA.
10.50-11.10 Refreshments

Session 8         Shellfish Hygiene

11.10-11.40 Akira Saitoh. Recovery of oyster aquaculture industries from tsunami. Introducing new company organization, new technology, and successful R&D for inactivating human noroviruses and various pathogens.  
11.40-12.00 Kata Farkas. Enteric viruses in shellfish – What, how, where?
12.00-12.20 Rolando Pakingking Jr., Lilibeth Hualde and Ernestina Peralta. Microbiological quality of oysters (Crassostrea iredalei) produced in the coastal areas of Panay Island, Western Visayas, Philippines.  
12.20-12.40 Leila Basti, Ryoji Matsuchima, Toshiyuki Suzuki and Satoshi Nagai. First report of lethal effects of cosmopolitan harmful alga, Dinophysis caudata, on Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas.  

World Oyster Society Early Stage Investigator Award

12.40-13.00 World Oyster Society Early Stage Investigator Award

Conference Close

13.00-13.20 Jon King
13.20-14.20 Buffet lunch


14:30 Buses depart from Pontio to Penrhyn Dock
15:00-17:00 Trip on board the mussel dredger `Mare Gratia` to view Menai Strait, Puffin Island and Bangor University and Deepdock Ltd offshore trial site, followed by mussels and drinks.  
17:00 Buses return to Pontio

This programme was accurate when compiled but remains subject to modification without notice