From 2006 through 2012, research and extension faculty at the University of Florida and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University teamed up with industry partners in conducing three Florida Sea Grant-funded projects. The overall goal of these projects was to develop and evaluate biological and technical methods to spawn and rear the sunray venus clam from larvae to a marketable size in an effort to diversify and expand the shellfish farming industry in Florida. During these seven years, the culture and market potential of the sunray venus clam was demonstrated to the various industry sectors.
Florida Sea Grant is a university-based program that supports research, education and extension to conserve coastal resources and enhance economic opportunities for the people of Florida. It is also a partnership between the Florida Board of Education, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Florida’s citizens and governments. Every two years, Florida Sea Grant funds proposals that are responsive to the natural and social science priorities from their strategic plan.
The goal of this project was to produce sunray venus clam seed and rear a group to harvestable size to evaluate consumer acceptance. The objectives were to utilize current hard clam methods as a starting point to:
In this project, the goal was to further evaluate nursery and growout culture methods for the sunray clam using methods similar to those employed by the hard clam aquaculture industry. The objectives were to:
The goal of this project was to eliminate barriers to commercialization of the sunray venus clam, facilitate technology transfer to the Florida hard clam industry, and promulgate market development. The objectives were to: