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Overcoming Constraints to the Development of a Sustainable Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica Aquaculture Industry in Georgia


PIs: Alan Power, University of Georgia Marine Extension Service (Savannah); Randal Walker, University of Georgia Marine Extension Service (Athens); Thomas Shierling, Tori Stivers, University of Georgia Marine Extension Service (Brunswick); Dominic Guadagnoli (GA DNR-CRD)

Support: Georgia Sea Grant College Program, R/FS-8

Timeframe: 2/1/2008 - 1/31/2010

Project Overview:
Our project goal is to determine the best method for growing single oysters and evaluate the economic feasibility of an aquaculture oyster industry in Georgia. 

Results:

     Oysters can be grown to market size (76 mm) in approximately one year and kept as single oysters by placing near the spring low water mark in an off bottom cage.

Publications:

Single eastern oysters, Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin, 1791), can be successfully cultured in the lower intertidal zone in the southeastern United States. Alan J. Power, Patrick Swearingen and Randal L. Walker. Submitted to Journal of Shellfish Research June 2010.

Presentations:

Overcoming Constraints to the Development of a Sustainable Eastern Oyster,  Crassostrea virginica, Aquaculture Industry in Georgia. Alan Power, Georgia Coastal Research Forum, Jekyll Island, GA., October 6th, 2008.

Overcoming Constraints to the Development of a Sustainable Eastern Oyster,  Crassostrea virginica, Aquaculture Industry in Georgia. Alan Power, East Coast Shellfish Growers Association Best Management Practices Workshop, Brunswick, GA., March 27th, 2009.

Oyster Aquaculture in Georgia. Alan Power, Georgia Aquaculture Association Annual Meeting, Hawkinsville, GA, March 2, 2010.

Oyster Aquaculture in Georgia. Alan Power, Savannah Seafood Tour, Savannah, April 12, 2010.

Oyster Aquaculture in Georgia. Alan Power, Georgia Coastal Aquaculture Annual Industry Meeting, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Brunswick, April 27, 2010.


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