Business of oyster production in Alabama topic of Discover Auburn lecture April 18

AUBURN UNIVERSITY –Aquaculture expert William Walton will discuss the business of oyster production on Alabama’s Gulf Coast Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in Special Collections and Archives at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Walton’s talk is part of the Discover Auburn lecture series.

Walton is an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and is also a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. He is stationed at the Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center in Mobile and conducts research at the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory on Dauphin Island.

His research focuses on oysters – making them bigger, better and more consistent for the market. Walton is a proponent of off-bottom culture, which he says is distinct from both traditional intensively farmed and wild-harvested oysters. Walton describes the technique as having environmental and economic benefits, including providing a premium oyster for high-end and specialty restaurants.

Walton and his colleague LaDon Swann have for two years been featured contributors to “Auburn Speaks,” an annual publication on Auburn University research for a public audience. Copies of the 2012 edition, “Auburn Speaks: The Oil Spill of 2010” and the just released 2013 edition, “Auburn Speaks: On Water” will be available for purchase at Walton’s talk.

Walton’s Discover Auburn lecture is sponsored by the Auburn University Libraries and the Auburn University Bookstore. A reception and book signing will follow.

Past Discover Auburn programs are available as video/audio downloads at For more information on Discover Auburn and to access previous lectures, go to or call (334) 844-8453.

(Contributed by Jayson Hill.)

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