NEAMO workshop, Oban, 30 Oct 2019

Setting the stage for mussel research in the North Atlantic region

Date and time: Wednesday 30 October 2019, 09:00 – 18:00

Location: Corran Halls, 54 Corran Esplanade, Oban PA34 5AB

The Blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) is a keystone species with a correspondingly high value for biodiversity. Mussels also contribute to other valuable ecosystem services, both supporting, provisional, regulatory and cultural. Over the past years, blue mussel beds in Europe and North America have been reported to be in regression, yet the causes and consequences of this decline are not fully understood. Furthermore, as the current mussel culture industry is dependent on the collection of wild spat, sustainable management of wild blue mussel beds is essential to sustain the mussel aquaculture industry, yet there is a lack of knowledge related to the dependencies and interactions between wild and farmed mussels.

To address these challenges and the lack of knowledge, the network NAEMO (North Atlantic European Mussel Organisation) was formed shortly after last year’s conference arranged by the Association for Scottish Shellfish Growers (ASSG, October 2018).

The first NAEMO meeting will now be held in the Corran Halls, Oban, October 30th, as a back-to-back session with the 2019 ASSG conference.

The topic of the workshop will be ‘Setting the stage for mussel research in the North Atlantic region’. Objectives to be addressed during the workshop are the determination of specific objectives/tasks for the network, development of a joint knowledge platform for existing information about mussel status and population trends and related ongoing research, identification of knowledge gaps related to the management of blue mussels, and identification of potential areas of collaboration.

The workshop will include interactive and participatory group discussions, a plenary session with presentations and a networking session. It is free of charge, and lunch and refreshments will be provided during the day.

You can use this link to register for your free ticket to the workshop, but please note that the registration deadline is 30/09/2019.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Åsa Strand, Julie Webb or Alessandro Laudicella

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