LONG BEACH — The Pacific County Marine Resource Council invites the general public to its 2018 Annual Science Conference this Saturday, May 19. This always-fascinating event includes talks on a wide variety of local and regional natural resources topics. Attendees may pick and choose between the talks of most individual interest.

The conference is held at the Washington State University Long Beach Research and Extension Unit at 2907 Pioneer Road.

This is the 2018 agenda:

9 to 9:15 a.m.: Doug Kess/Mike Nordin — Introductions/housekeeping

9:15 to 9:45 a.m.: Jackson Blalock and Molly Bogeberg, The Nature Conservancy — Washington Coastal Resiliency Project

9:45 to 10:45: Andy Appleby, Hatchery Scientific Review Group — History of Hatchery Reform

10:45 to 11 a.m.: Break

11 a.m. to 12: Sewall Young — Genetic Analysis of Chinook Salmon Caught in the Ocean in Commercial Fisheries

12 to 1 p.m.: Lunch

1 to 1:30 p.m.: Eric Hall, Taylor Shellfish — Science and Art of Flip Bag Aquaculture

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.: Brett Dumbauld, U.S. Department of Agriculture — Population Ecology of Burrowing Shrimp

2:15 to 2:30 p.m.: Kim Patten, WSU — Mechanical Management Options for newly recruited populations of Burrowing Shrimp. Are they feasible?

2:30 to 2:45 p.m.: Kim Patten, WSU, and Jeff Nesbitt and Ed Darcher, Pacific County Vegetation Management/Pacific County Weed Control — Spartina — The End Game.

2:45 to 3 p.m.: Break

3 to 3:20 p.m.: Tom Kollasch/Dave Ryan, Integrating Logging and Salmon Restoration — An Update on Ellsworth Creek

3:20 to 3:40 p.m.: Will Richie, Willapa National Wildlife Refuge — Refuge Restoration: Greenhead Slough, South Bay Dike Tidelands and Leadbetter snowy plover.

3:40 to 4 p.m.: David Beugeli, Willapa Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association — The Japonica Program: Is it working?

4:30 p.m.: Seafood dinner and social time

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