Above: Photo by Vanda Lewis
A team developing the proposed North Carolina Oyster Trail will host two free workshops to gather additional partners and reveal future entrepreneurial opportunities.
Researchers from NC State University, East Carolina University and North Carolina Sea Grant are working with the state’s shellfish mariculture industry and community partners to develop the North Carolina Oyster Trail, which will provide coastal visitors with oyster tourism experiences — such as farm tours and tastings at local restaurants.
At the workshops in Wilmington and Morehead City, coastal community members are invited to offer suggestions. “We would like to hear from oyster farmers, restaurants that serve North Carolina oysters, and tourist operations that could include oyster themes in their activities,” says Jane Harrison, North Carolina Sea Grant’s coastal economics specialist and a member of the research team.
An earlier workshop was held on the Outer Banks. The next North Carolina Oyster Trail workshops will be:
Saturday, Feb. 22, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Edward Teach Brewery
604 N. 4th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Wednesday, March 4, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, NC State University
303 College Circle
Morehead City, NC 28557
For more information and to register, please contact Whitney Knollenberg, assistant professor at NC State’s College of Natural Resources, at email@example.com.