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Reexaming the Aquaculture Potential of the Angelwing Clam

The potential for commercial aquaculture development of the angelwing clam Cyrtopleura costata, a burrowing bivalve found along the US Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, was reexamined. Studies conducted in the 1980s demonstrated angelwings could be spawned using hatchery methods similar to those for commercial bivalve species. Preliminary results also indicated angelwings grow rapidly and could reach a potential harvest size in six months. However, the lack of economical production methods and harvesting techniques stymied further consideration of angelwings as an aquaculture candidate species. Despite its excellent flavor and attractive shell, another drawback was its short shelf life as most

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Shellfish growers are eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency’s ELAP Program

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has significantly expanded the Emergency Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) to include a greater variety of aquatic species, including clams and oysters. ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including losses from excessive wind, excessive heat, floods, hurricane, and tidal surge, as determined by the USDA Secretary. Producers can receive benefits from both NAP and ELAP for eligible losses covered by each program. FSA has posted a recording of a webinar held in June to inform the aquaculture community

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The Online Oyster Culture Course is available NOW

This FREE course is designed for beginning oyster growers and those interested in the prospects of oyster culture in the Gulf of Mexico. The course covers basic information on how to get started to growing and harvesting your first crop of oysters. If you are interested in enrolling, visit the course website: If you have any questions, please email Leslie Sturmer at

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U.S. Department of Agriculture is hosting Webinar on New Disaster Assistance Program for Aquaculture

Shellfish growers are now eligible for a new disaster assistance program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency, is hosting a webinar regarding updates to the Emergency Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised aquatic animals for livestock and feed losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions as determined by the Secretary. This webinar provides an opportunity for US shellfish aquaculture industries to learn about recent changes to the ELAP program, general application process, and required documentation to participate. The webinar

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Launch of the Shellfish Growers Resiliency Fund

The Nature Conservancy and The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Supporting Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration (SOAR) program issued on March 29, 2021  a request for proposals for the new $1 million Shellfish Growers Resiliency Fund (Fund). The Fund aims to pave the way for a more resilient and sustainable U.S. shellfish industry that benefits the ocean and the communities which rely upon it. Funding will be open to applicants in the United States and will be distributed equitably. The small award will fund one-year projects (up to $20,000) and will target shellfish growers, shellfish aquaculture industry associations, and closely linked supply chain companies supporting

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Ashley Smyth

How Oysters Keep Oceans Clean | Mission Unstoppable

Florida cultured oysters, Treasure Coast Oysters, and Dr. Ashley Smyth, a University of Florida biogeochemist, were featured in a recent segment of Mission Unstoppable.  Learn how oysters help to clean up the coastal environment!

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Virtual Aquaculture Trade Show

An invitation to view from your computer, laptop, or tablet, the latest in aquaculture equipment and supplies. The Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition (NACE) and the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association (ECSGA) have teamed up to host a two-day virtual (using ZOOM) trade show from 3:00-5:00 PM EST each afternoon of January 12-13, 2021. NACE exhibitors are scheduled with 15 minute time slots to describe their products and answer questions in real time with zoom attendees. If you miss a presentation, they will be recorded and posted on the NACE and ECSGA web sites. If you have questions, contact Chris

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Sign-up for Farm Services Agency’s NAP Program extended to Sept. 30

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is responsible for the delivery of federal farm programs to help farmers manage risks and recover from disasters. The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP, provides financial assistance to farmers of non-insurable crops to protect them against natural disasters that result in crop losses. The deadline to sign out for NAP coverage at your local FSA office for the 2021 crop year has been extended to September 30, 2020. Many offices are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so call or email first. NAP coverage is available for clam, oyster, and sunray venus crops.

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New fact sheets on storm and hurricane preparedness for oyster growers

A series of newly published fact sheets for the off-bottom oyster aquaculture industry in the Gulf of Mexico provides guidelines and suggested safety procedures for preparing for tropical storms and hurricanes. Florida Sea Grant, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, and Louisiana Sea Grant developed the “Tropical storm and hurricane preparedness for off-bottom oyster aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico” series to help oyster farmers reduce damages related to wind, storm surge and decreased salinity from flooding. There are six publications that focus on planning, preparation and recovery for different types of farms, facilities and equipment:  Introductory Planning Guide   Land-based Operations Guide Workboats

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Webinar Recording Available: Trying to Explain Unexplained Cultured Oyster Mortalities in the Gulf of Mexico

Video recording of the the virtual webinar, ‘Trying to Explain Unexplained Cultured Oyster Mortalities in the Gulf of Mexico’ is now available. To view visit: Increase knowledge of oyster farmers about what is known about oyster mortalities along the Gulf Coast and the effect of ploidy Increase awareness of current efforts to address mortality issues Seek industry input about what is being observed and priorities for future workAGENDA Welcome & Introductions: Leslie Sturmer, Bill Walton (5min) What do we know about oyster mortalities? (40min) Leslie Sturmer: Florida studies comparing diploid and triploid oysters Bill Walton: Alabama studies comparing diploid and

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