Assess feasibility of native species aquaculture: Identification of candidate species and sources of brood/seedstock and propagules

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Funding Agency
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Focus Area(s)
Education, Training and Public Information, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Expansion of aquaculture on the U.S. west coast requires much consideration of environmentally and socially responsible approaches to meet the strict environmental standards. Needed is a trained workforce and assessments of the feasibility of grow out of native bivalves for aquaculture. In particular, assessments of clam performance (survival, growth) and other benefits to growers when the clams were grown in isolation compared with in the presence of other species (IMTA). Taxa such as seaweed (primary producer) and/or sea cucumber (detritivore/filter feeder) are of interest for their complementary ecosystem functions and as aquaculture products.

Project Goals and Objectives

Goal: Through engagement of students, test the effectiveness of IMTA in growing out West Coast venus clams

1. Determine clam mortality and growth when grown in isolation vs with other species
2. Determine whether there are other benefits to including other species

Principal Investigators
profile photo of Carolynn Culver Carolynn Culver
University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
profile photo of Theresa Sinicrope Talley Theresa Sinicrope Talley
University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography