Evening @ Skidaway program examines oyster revival on Georgia’s coast

The story of the Georgia oyster industry and the current effort to give it new life will be the focus of a special Evening @ Skidaway program by Andre Joseph Gallant, author of the new book, “A High Low Tide: The Revival of a Southern Oyster.” The program will be held on Friday, November 16, in the McGowan Library on the University of Georgia Skidaway Marine Science Campus (10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411). The event will begin with a reception at 6:15 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m.

There once was a time when Georgia dominated the oyster harvest and canning industry. However, Georgia oystering was slowed by environmental and economic shifts. Today, a group of scientists and oyster farmers are working to revive the state’s oyster industry which is one focus of Gallant’s story.

Gallant uses the bivalve as a jumping-off point to tell the story of a changing southeastern coast, the bounty within its waters, and what the future may hold for the area and its fishers. With “A High Low Tide” he places Georgia, as well as the South, in the national conversation about aquaculture, addressing its potential as well as its challenges.

The program is co-sponsored by the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, The Book Lady Bookstore, Coastal WildScapes and the UGA Willson Center of Humanities and Arts.

The program is open to the public, and admission is free. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, please call (912) 598-2325 or email mike.sullivan@skio.uga.edu.

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