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BLACK-LIP PEARL, OYSTER HATCHERY TECHNOLOGY

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
21619
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
21619
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Black Pearls Inc
P.O. Box 525 Holualoa, HI 96725
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: BLACK-LIP PEARL, OYSTER HATCHERY TECHNOLOGY
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $297,564.00
 

Abstract:

THE BLACK-LIP PEARL OYSTER, PINCTADA MARGARITIFERA, IS THE SOURCE OF RARE, VALUABLE BLACK PEARLS. CULTURE OF THIS SPECIES HAS PROVEN HIGHLY LUCRATIVE IN FRENCH POLYNESIA, WITH STRENGTHENING WORLDWIDE DEMAND. THE HAWAIIAN SUB-SPECIES, P. MARGARITIFERA GALTSOFFI, IS ON THE HAWAII STATE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST. STOCKS ARE SCARCE DUE TO BOTH NATURAL RECRUITMENT LIMITATIONS AND THE HISTORY OF OVERFISHING FOR PEARL SHELL. THIS SUB-SPECIES ATTAINS A LARGE MAXIMUM SIZE, HAS EXCELLENT NACRE COLOR, AND SHOULD PRODUCE EXCELLENT BLACK PEARLS. RESEARCHERS ARE DEVELOPING A HATCHERY IN KONA, HAWAII. STANDARD BIVALVE CULTURE METHODS ARE BEING ADAPTED TO THIS SPECIES. RESEARCHERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH METHODS USED IN HATCHERY CULTURE OF OTHER PEARL OYSTERS, AND HAVE CONFIRMED THE AVAILABILITY OF LOCAL BROODSTOCKS. EXPERIMENTS ARE TESTING METHOS OF SPAWNING INDUCTION, WATER QUALITY, LARVAL HANDLING, ALGAL RATIONS, PREFERRED SUBSTRATES, AND CUES FOR SETTLEMENT.

Principal Investigator:

Neil Anthony Sims/d J Sar
8083227108

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Black Pearls Inc.
Po Box 525 Holualoa, HI 96725

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No