Cape Cod, MA – The 6th International Oyster Symposium (IOS6), the world’s singular conference devoted to oyster science, industry, and culture, will occur on Cape Cod Massachusetts, USA this fall.  Past conferences have been held in Japan, Taiwan, China, Tasmania, and Vietnam.  This will be its premiere in North America.

Why the spotlight on Oysters?  Like the keystone to the arch, so is the oyster to the health of our one ocean; where reefs exist, fish flourish. However, now when their eco-engineering benefits are needed most, 85% of oyster reef systems are gone, making them the most endangered habitat worldwide. IOS6 will serve as an inter-disciplinary exchange by oyster experts in science, industry and culture to champion the oysters’ key role in preserving our one ocean, its coastlines, and fisheries.

A planning team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory, NOAA, Green Harbors Project at University of Massachusetts, Ocean Equities, LLC, East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, oyster farmers, and a growing list of local, national, and international enterprises. The team will fashion a dynamic, dialogic, forward-looking three-day exchange where global representatives from academia, conservation, government, business and culture communities will convene for presentations and discussions on applied practices, projects and research relative to the oyster and its place in ocean preservation.

Public and visitors will also have the opportunity to attend the opening forum, a Concert and Multi-media Show opening night, an Oyster Grand Tasting dinner, Trade show/expo, and learn from the incomparable natural beauty of Cape Cod and its oysters.

Massachusetts State Senator Dan Wolf comments,  “IOS6 provides an important opportunity for our local industry to make strong connections to the world market, and exchange cutting edge research and best practices to benefit the global industry and our environment.”  Barton Seaver, Harvard University Sustainable Food program director, National Geographic Fellow and Executive Chef and author will be a keynote speaker.

The World Oyster Society has approximately 600 members from 34 countries and is growing due to its commitment to advancing oyster literacy and fueling the oyster ‘renaissance’ within science, industry and culture.  Dr. Katusyoshi Mori, President of the World Oyster Society and Japan’s Oyster Research Institute, and Professor Emeritus of Tohoku University states, “This will be an important moment, bringing together all who have linkage to oyster science and industry who are looking for a more holistic view of oysters within the planet’s ecosystem. We are very happy to broaden the reach of the WOS to North America and especially to Cape Cod. “Let the sea live, and let us live with the sea” a message Dr. Mori promotes for the benefit of humankind through his oyster research.

Go Deep is proud to be taking part in the 6th International Oyster Symposium. We encourage our customers and partners to also take part in this important event. For more information and to register, please visit the Symposium’s website at

Conference dates:

October 21-23, 2015.  


Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA

Sea Crest Beach Hotel, North Falmouth, MA, USA