CHARACTERISTICS OF OYSTER RACK STRUCTURES IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Amount:
$36,775.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1994
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
26920
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
World's End Aquaculture Corp.
511 Pintail Point Farm, Queenstown, MD, 21658
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Mr Eric J Powell
 () -
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
NATIVE OYSTER PRODUCTION AND POPULATION HAVE FALLEN DRAMATICALLY IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. THE PUBLIC FISHERY HAS BEEN DECIMATED BY DISEASE WHILE THE PRIVATE CULTURISTS HAVE BEEN BURDENED BY A RIGID LEGAL AND SOCIAL FRAMEWORK. A METHOD OF PRODUCTION WHICH UTILIZES THE EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE PUBLIC FISHERY AND THE DISEASE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES OF THE PRIVATE CULTURISTS NEEDS TO BE DEVELOPED. THIS PROJECT DEVELOPS THE PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ON-BOTTOM OYSTER RACK THAT CNA BE WORKED BY EXISTING CHESAPEAKE BAY WORK BOATS. PARTICULAR ATTENTION IS BEING PAID TO THE BREAK FREE SUCTION FORCE AND ITS SUBSEQUENT EFFECT ON THE VESSEL'S STABILITY. THE BIOLOGICAL FEASIBILITY WILL BE COMPARED WITH A STANDARD COMMERCIAL FLOATING TRAY LONGLINE THAT WILL BE PLACED ADJACENT TO THE RACKS. FOLLOW ON WORK WILL TEST DIFFERENCES AMONG RACK DESIGNS AND LOCATIONS WITHIN THE BAY.

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