Marine Life Talk – 1 April, Oysters by Lisa Kamphausen

Oyster Gonad Histolgy

Only 30 years ago the Solent contained Europe’s largest natural oyster fishery. Today the fishery has effectively collapsed and the oyster population is rapidly approaching commercial extinction.

This talk will look at reasons for the collapse which range from environmental change to competition, predation and overfishing, and will discuss regeneration strategies. It will explain methods commonly employed in marine ecological research, using divers, boats, and laboratories, and follow the development of the Solent oyster fishery from the time of the Romans through to today.

Lisa Kamphausen is a PhD student at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton studying the Solent oyster population. She is a marine ecologist and scientific diver with a particular interest in the effects of global change on marine ecosystems and the knock-on effects on society. Before coming to Southampton Lisa worked on artificial reefs to restore serpulid-worm reefs in Loch Creran, Scotland, and on tropical coastal zone management and coral reef conservation while working at the Marine Science Station in Aqaba, Jordan.

Future Marine Life Talks at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

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Free admission – these talks are open to the public

The Marine Life Talks are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, please arrive at 7.15pm to be met in Reception.

Arrangements for wheelchairs must be made in advance. Unless it is possible to descend via the stairs in an emergency, access to upper floors cannot be permitted as lifts are automatically immobilised when the fire alarm is activated.

The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton is reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Town Quay and Ocean Village).

Event dates: 
Thursday 1 April 2010 - 19:15 to 20:30