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
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries; N.C. Division of Coastal Management
Chuck Weirich
North Carolina Sea Grant
Marine Aquaculture Specialist
Carteret Community College
North Carolina State University
Director of the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology
University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences
Distinguished Professor
Carolina Mariculture Co., Oyster Spat Monitoring Program, NC Shellfish Grower's Association
Owner, volunteer coordinator, president of North Carolina Shellfish Growers Association
John Fear
North Carolina Sea Grant, Water Resources Research Institute
Deputy Director
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Ken Riley
National Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Conservation Division; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Fisheries Biologist
University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences
Professor of Marine Sciences
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Resource Enhancement Section
Section Chief
North Carolina Coastal Federation
Executive Director
Tom Looney
North Carolina Coastal Federation
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Senior Research Associate with UNC-Wilmington Department of Biology and Center for Marine Science
Will Best
Will Best
North Carolina Department of Commerce
JLUS Project Manager
Albemarle- Pamlico National Estuary Partnership
Director, Albemarle Pamlico National Estuary Partnership