Oyster larvae producers say information sharing and perseverance are seeing them through a prolonged stretch of high larval-stage mortalities.
Initially, a new chip loaded with oyster DNA pieces will identify oysters resistant to the herpes virus, but in the future it may be able to identify oysters with other desirable characteristics, such as faster growth rates.
The Lower Hudson Estuary and Chesapeake Bay, two waterways once home to thriving oyster beds, would welcome the shellfish’s return. Aquaculture initiatives in both areas aim to reinvigorate the water and the communities they support.
Environmental and other challenges have led to reduced harvests of wild oysters in the United States. In a study, the authors evaluated oysters cultured in a recirculating aquaculture system with zero water exchange for several months.
In southern Brazil, management data for Pacific cupped oyster culture were assessed to characterize production in relation to environmental parameters.
Through the integration of aquaculture and the involvement of residents, the U.S. state of Delaware is working to restore its native oyster populations.
Oyster farming in South Australia has become a highly productive and sustainable venture. A quality-control program, new grading systems and government support can help increase oyster exports.