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Portsmouth Science Cafe presents "NH Oysters: Good for You, Good for the Bay"

November 13, 2013

Portsmouth Brewery: Jimmy LaPanza Lounge
56 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 | Show Directions


Take I-95 to exit 7 (downtown Portsmouth). At the foot of the ramp, turn right - left, if you've been travelling southbound from Maine - and proceed exactly one mile. You will be on Market Street. We recommend parking in the Portsmouth Municipal Garage, which is located on Hanover Street. It's cheap, convenient, and about 200 feet from our doorstep. (Turn right off Market Street at the stop sign and the garage will be on your immediate left.)

Oysters are a hot topic these days. Common to our waters since pre-history, oysters are getting a lot of new attention from folks like you who care about clean water and where their food comes from. An adult oyster can clean gallons of water a day in nature, and when cultured, provides a local, highly-sustainable food source. Today, The Nature Conservancy, The University of New Hampshire, and NH oyster farmers are all working toward a common vision of restoring oyster populations to a level that can make a meaningful contribution to water quality and the local economy. Ray Konisky from The Nature Conservancy and Ray Grizzle from The University of New Hampshire will have a conversation about the progress, goals, and challenges ahead for New Hampshire's oyster revival.

Ray Konisky is the Director of Marine Science for the New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He has a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in Environmental Science and an MBA from Boston University. His work is focused on estuarine ecology and services, especially restoration of salt marsh, fish habitat, eelgrass beds, and shellfish reefs.

Ray Grizzle is a Research Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, as well as a co-owner of an oyster farm. He has a Ph.D. in Ecology from Rutgers University, and has been at UNH since 1999. His research encompasses a variety of topics dealing with seafloor ecology, and most recently has been focused on oyster ecology and restoration of natural reefs.

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