Techniques to Improve Production of
Off-bottom Cultured Oysters
This project addressed biofouling controls on floating oyster cages (OysterGro™) throughout seven southern U.S. states (NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA) by employing two strategies: aerial drying (‘flipping’) and biocide-free, antifouling coating. Project objectives included:
- Determine the impacts of cage manipulation to decrease biofouling, and evaluate the effects on time to harvest, survival, and morphometric factors, such as meat weight and shell shape (height, length, depth).
- Determine the impacts of antifouling agents to decrease biofouling, and evaluate the effects on time to harvest, survival, and morphometric factors, such as meat weight and shell shape (height, length, depth).
- Determine the economic impact of each methodology on production costs.
- Susan Lovelace, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
- Julie Davis, Lady’s Island Oyster
- Thomas Bliss and Dr. Robert Bringolf, Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
- Leslie Sturmer, University of Florida (UF)/IFAS Extension, Florida Sea Grant
- Dr. John Supan, LSU Agricultural Center
- Dr. William Walton, Auburn University
- Dr. Charles Weirich, North Carolina Sea Grant, NCSU Center for Marine Sciences and Technology
- Rheal Savoie, BBI Group (now Steen Gunderson)
TIME PERIOD: 2016–2018 FUNDED BY: USDA Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC)
Florida Management Strategies