The implementation of the Oyster Restoration and Protection Plan for North Carolina: A Blueprint for Action 2015-2020 (Blueprint) is overseen by a statewide Oyster Steering Committee.

The Committee Members:

  • Provide guidance and recommendations on actions necessary to adequately protect, promote and restore oysters in the state through the implementation of the Blueprint;
  • Set the agenda for regional and focus area workgroup work products;
  • Provide guidance and review of the workgroup work products;
  • Review and approve revisions to the Blueprint as it evolves;
  • Review and approve the annual State of the Oyster Report.
Commercial Fisherman
Anne Deaton
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
Habitat Program Manager
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Braxton Davis
N.C. Division of Coastal Management
Director
Chuck Weirich
North Carolina Sea Grant
Marine Aquaculture Specialist
Dave Cerino
Carteret Community College
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David Eggleston
North Carolina State University
Director of the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology
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University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences
Distinguished Professor
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Jay Stryon
Carolina Mariculture Co., Oyster Spat Monitoring Program, NC Shellfish Grower's Association
Owner, volunteer coordinator, president of North Carolina Shellfish Growers Association
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John Fear
John Fear
North Carolina Sea Grant, Water Resources Research Institute
Deputy Director
Justin Bashaw
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Biologist
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Ken Riley
Ken Riley
Marine Spatial Ecology Division; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Fisheries Biologist
Niels Lindquist
University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences
Professor of Marine Sciences
Steve Murphey
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
Director
Todd Miller
North Carolina Coastal Federation
Executive Director
Tom Looney
North Carolina Coastal Federation
Troy Alphin
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Senior Research Associate with UNC-Wilmington Department of Biology and Center for Marine Science
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Will Best
Will Best
North Carolina Department of Commerce
JLUS Project Manager
William (Bill) Crowell Jr.
Albemarle- Pamlico National Estuary Partnership
Director, Albemarle Pamlico National Estuary Partnership
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