Can oyster farms protect wild oysters from disease?
A recent study shows frequently harvested filter feeders can keep wild populations healthy A large oyster cage being pulled up near Elder Point, in Delaware Bay, Photo by David Bushek. Disease spread from farmed species to wild populations is a frequent concern in aquaculture. Not so with oysters, according to Dr. Tal Ben-Horin, a fisheries…
Bonnie Waycott is a freelance writer specializing in aquaculture development and fisheries management, with a particular focus on Japan. She has a keen interest in the recovery of aquaculture in Tohoku, following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 2011.