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Developing Resilience to Ocean Acidification in Red Abalone Aquaculture

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: WC-133R-16-CN-0105
Agency Tracking Number: WC-133R-16-CN-0105
Amount: $399,987.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.1
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2015-2
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-07-24
Small Business Information
9580 Dos Pueblos Canyon Rd
Goleta, CA 93117
United States
DUNS: 079670764
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Swezey
 (831) 345-6108
Business Contact
 Douglas Bush
Phone: (805) 729-4830
Research Institution

The pH of the global ocean is becoming more acidic as a consequence of oceanic absorption of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations. This process, termed “ocean acidification” (OA), will likely affect the aquaculture of marine shellfish. Maintaining current levels of commercial mollusc production will require the identification and commercialization of resilient seedstock. Through Phase I research efforts, we have discovered genotypes within the red abalone (Haliotis rufescens) metapopulation that exhibit resilience to future OA. In collaboration with university partners, our firm will identify the genetic signatures associated with tolerance to low pH, which will enable us to develop an OA-resilient strain of red abalone. We will verify their enhanced performance using advanced dissolved CO2 testing infrastructure, developed by our project PI in collaboration with university colleagues. We will also work to develop a robust commercial coralline algae feedstock, which our Phase I research indicates conveys additional resilience to OA. These products hold significant commercial promise, and could serve as an example for adaptation efforts in other shellfish sectors.

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