BEGIN:VCALENDAR PRODID:-//Microsoft Corporation//Outlook 16.0 MIMEDIR//EN VERSION:2.0 METHOD:REQUEST X-MS-OLK-FORCEINSPECTOROPEN:TRUE BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:Eastern Standard Time BEGIN:STANDARD DTSTART:16011104T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYDAY=1SU;BYMONTH=11 TZOFFSETFROM:-0400 TZOFFSETTO:-0500 END:STANDARD BEGIN:DAYLIGHT DTSTART:16010311T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYDAY=2SU;BYMONTH=3 TZOFFSETFROM:-0500 TZOFFSETTO:-0400 END:DAYLIGHT END:VTIMEZONE BEGIN:VEVENT ATTENDEE;CN="Hill, Kelly";RSVP=TRUE:mailto:Kelly.Hill@dnr.ga.gov CLASS:PUBLIC CREATED:20220621T184542Z DESCRIPTION: \n\n \n\nBrownbag Presentation\n\n\nJuly 29th \, 2022 12:00PM-1:00PM\n\n\nBrownbag will be held at the Susan Shipman En vironmental Learning Center @ GADNR Coastal Regional Headquarters\; One Conservation Way\, Brunswick\, GA 31520\n\nPlease join the GA Coasta l Management Program for a Brownbag Presentation on Quantifying oyster ree f development and nekton use of habitat restored using traditional and alt ernative substrates in the Skidaway River by Cameron Atkinson.\n\nThe east ern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) is an important ecosystem engineer whic h has experienced declines throughout most of its range. Efforts to restor e oyster reefs in Georgia have increased in popularity over the past few d ecades but there have been some challenges with constructing successful re ef complexes. The success of the traditionally utilized restoration substr ate\, bagged oyster shell\, has been hindered by the high sedimentation en vironment of Georgia’s estuaries and the diminishing availability of rel ic oyster shell. There is a need for alternative restoration substrates to be tested alongside the bagged shell substrate. Therefore\, our research group is currently investigating the use of a novel restoration substrate\ , Oyster Catcher. The Oyster Catcher substrate consists of jute fibers whi ch are coated in cement and molded into various designs. In May 2021\, we constructed 6\, 2 m X 10 m reefs (3 Bagged Shell & 3 Oyster Catcher) in th e Skidaway River along the shoreline of the Skidaway Island State Park. Ou r group has been working to quantify the oyster reef development and the p rovisioning of nekton habitat at these restored reef sites with the aim of developing a better understanding of which substrate type could be the mo st beneficial for future restoration projects in Georgia. \n\n \n\nSpeaker Bio:\n\nCameron Atkinson\n\nCameron Atkinson is a master's student in the Marine Sciences program at Savannah State University. As an undergraduate\, Cameron attend ed the College of Coastal Georgia where he participated in living shorelin e research and modeled habitat suitability for several species along the c oast of Georgia. Currently\, Cameron is researching the use of traditional and novel oyster reef restoration substrates and how reefs restored with these substrates provision habitat for nekton. \n\nPlease contact Kelly Hill at Kelly.Hill@dnr.ga.gov with any que stions.\n\n________________________________\n\n \n \n20 years of Sustainin g\, Protecting\,Enhancing\, and Conserving \n\n \n\nSupport Habitat Conservati on with your License Plate \n\n \n\n \n\n\nSTAY CONNECTED\nwith G eorgia Coastal Management Program\n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n DTEND;TZID="Eastern Standard Time":20220729T130000 DTSTAMP:20220621T184410Z DTSTART;TZID="Eastern Standard Time":20220729T120000 LAST-MODIFIED:20220621T184542Z LOCATION:Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center @GA DNR One Conservati on Way\, Brunswick\, GA 31520 ORGANIZER;CN="Hill, Kelly":mailto:Kelly.Hill@dnr.ga.gov PRIORITY:5 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY;LANGUAGE=en-us:Oyster Reef Development Brownbag TRANSP:OPAQUE UID:040000008200E00074C5B7101A82E008000000001009F30C7D85D801000000000000000 010000000FEAB1E7B1CB6B644BC27FD0CFE4D79CF X-ALT-DESC;FMTTYPE=text/html:
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Brownbag Presentation

July 29th\, 2022 \; 12:00PM-1:00PM

< p align=center style='text-align:center'>Brownbag will be held at the Susan Shipm an Environmental Learning Center @ GADNR Coastal Regional Headquarters\;&n bsp\;  \;  \;  \;  \;One Conservation Way\, Brunswick\, GA 31520< /o:p>

Please join the GA Coastal Management Program for a Brownbag Presentat ion on \;Quantif ying oyster reef development and nekton use of habitat restored using trad itional and alternative substrates in the Skidaway River b y \;Cameron Atkinson.

The eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) is an important ecosystem eng ineer which has experienced declines throughout most of its range. Efforts to restore oyster reefs in Georgia have increased in popularity over the past few decades but there have been some challenges with constructing suc cessful reef complexes. The success of the traditionally utilized restorat ion substrate\, bagged oyster shell\, has been hindered by the high sedime ntation environment of Georgia’\;s estuaries and the diminishing avai lability of relic oyster shell. There is a need for alternative restoratio n substrates to be tested alongside the bagged shell substrate. Therefore\ , our research group is currently investigating the use of a novel restora tion substrate\, Oyster Catcher. The Oyster Catcher substrate consists of jute fibers which are coated in cement and molded into various designs. In May 2021\, we constructed 6\, 2 m X 10 m reefs (3 Bagged Shell &\; 3 O yster Catcher) in the Skidaway River along the shoreline of the Skidaway I sland State Park. Our group has been working to quantify the oyster reef d evelopment and the provisioning of nekton habitat at these restored reef s ites with the aim of developing a better understanding of which substrate type could be the most beneficial for future restoration projects in Georg ia. \;  \; \;

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Cameron Atkinson

Cameron Atkinson is a master's student in the Marine S ciences program at Savannah State University. As an undergraduate\, Camero n attended the College of Coastal Georgia where he participated in living shoreline research and modeled habitat suitability for several species alo ng the coast of Georgia. Currently\, Cameron is researching the use of tra ditional and novel oyster reef restoration substrates and how reefs restor ed with these substrates provision habitat for nekton. \;  \;

< span style='font-family:"Arial"\,sans-serif\;color:black'>Please contact K elly Hill at Kelly.Hill@dnr.ga.gov< /a> with any questions.

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