It’s a great time of year to visit Jacksonville and there is a jam-packed program waiting for you. Plenary speakers will start each day with thought-provoking talks on shellfish physiology, climate change, carrying capacity models, and consumer traditions and the shellfish industry. There will be a special workshop session for students on dealing with the press, co-chaired by Nikki Holmyard, one of the plenary speakers. There are over 20 special technical sessions planned and the usual activities - the PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION will kick off the conference on SATURDAY evening with the usual seafood feast, the technical sessions will begin on SUNDAY. The AUCTION will be held on MONDAY evening, complete with the usual food, libation, and entertainment, and the BUSINESS LUNCHEON will be on TUESDAY. The meeting will end on WEDNESDAY with a closing happy hour. (Note: these are not typos - the meeting starts a day earlier than usual this year).
There’s plenty to do in Jacksonville, beginning at the Jacksonville Landing, just a very short wander from the hotel. There’s a large food court, several restaurants, bars (one with a mechanical bull), shops, museums, and a great view of the St. John’s River. Just across the bridge is a brewery and many outstanding beaches near by.