ENRICHMENT OF A BRACKISH WATER POND FOR SHELLFISH CULTURE

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$68,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
7610
Agency Tracking Number:
7610
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.o. Box 194, Fishers Island, NY, 06390
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
G C Matthiessen
() -
Business Contact:
(516) 788-7201
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
A MAJOR CONSTRAINT UPON THE CULTURE OF EDIBLE MARINE ORGAN- ISMS ON A COMMERCIAL SCALE IN MOST COASTAL STATES IS THE LACK OF AVAILABILITY OF SUITABLE CULTURE AREAS. MANY ECOLOGICALLY FAVORABLE AREAS OF THE COASTLINE ARE CLOSED TO AQUA CULTURE AS A RESULT OF ZONING RESTRICTIONS, LOCAL ORDINANCESAND SOCIAL RESISTANCE. AS A RESULT, THE ONLY RECOURSE FOR MANY AQUACULTURE ENTERPRISES MAY BE TO DEVELOP HIGHLY INTENSIVE CULTURE TECHNIQUES IN AREAS OF LIM-ITED SIZE. OCEAN POND CORPORATION HAS INITIATED EXPERIMENTSON THE ENRICHMENT OF A BRACKISH WATER POND FOR THE PURPOSE OF INCREASING THE YIELD OF AMERICAN OYSTERS (CRASSOSTREA VIRGINICA). SMALL-SCALE EXPERIMENTS HAVE INDICATED THAT THESTANDING CROP OF PHYTOPLANKTON-THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF OYSTER NUTRITION-IN THE SURFACE LAYERS OF THE POND MAY BE INCREASEDBY TWO ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE WHEN ENRICHED WITH BOTTOM WATER. IT IS BELIEVED THAT INSTALLATION OF AN ARTIFICIAL UPWELLING SYSTEM MAY INCREASE THE PRIMARY PRODUCTIVITY OF A LARGE AREA OF THE POND, WITH SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT IN TERMS OF OY- STER GROWTH RATES, ANNUAL YIELDS, AND PERHAPS THE ABILITY OFINTRODUCING ADDITIONAL SPECIES INTO THE CULTURE SYSTEM.

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