2017 News Review Hatcheries benefit from $9.3 million Sea Grant award in support of aquaculture within three years of the project start date. [See video for more information about the type of work that will be included in this project] USAâ€”NOAA Sea Grant awarded $9.3 million in grants for 32 projects to advance the development of a sustainable marine and coastal aquaculture industry in the U.S. , a significant amount of which targets the hatchery stage. All projects include public-private partnerships and will be led by university -based Sea Grant programs. With each project, every two federal dollars of funding is matched by non-federal funds, bringing the total investment in these research projects to $13.9 million. Projects include: Expanding Marine Aquaculture in the U.S.: Technology for Commercial Scale Hatchery and Nursery Production of High Value Marine Fish Seedstock (Florida Sea Grant, University of Miami $967,042). This project will advance hatchery and nursery technology for captive spawning and production of a high-value reef fish complex involving red snapper, Nassau grouper, and hogfish. The project team aims at being in commercial production of at least one of these three economically and ecologically important species
Large-scale culture methods for Blue Mussel, Mytilus edulis, seed production in Maine and the Northeast: Experimental Laboratory & Field Trials (Maine Sea Grant, Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research - Partners: Aquaculture Development Services, Inc., Aqualine LLC, Blue Hill Bay Mussels, Calendar Island Mussel Company, Moosabec Mussel Inc. - $249,238)
This project seeks to examine methods to expand production of cultured blue mussels in Maine and the Northeast U.S. by addressing seed production, the primary factor limiting U.S. aquaculture production: Specifically, the investigators will focus on methods to improve hatchery production of blue mussel juveniles (spat) that will enable production of reliable seed to growers who, until now, rely on the vagaries of capturing wild seed that is known to be highly variable both spatially and temporally.
Commercializing intensive copepod culture: A transformational foundation essential for increasing domestic production of high-value marine finfish (Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, The University of Southern Mississippi Partners: Virginia Tech, University of Florida, Reed Mariculture, Inc. $994,955)
Scientists will optimize production systems and culture parameters to facilitate and implement copepod mass production at the producer level. To do this, scientists will integrate knowledge of copepod life history parameters and responses to environmental variables to produce stable production models; optimize copepod diets/nutrition and the use of both live algae and commerciallyavailable algal concentrates to support enhanced survival and reproduction; optimize the microbial environment of culture systems to facilitate optimal production; develop directed breeding to establish selected domesticated lines that thrive in the culture environments; conduct rearing trials to demonstrate the feasibility of the production protocols/ models; perform economic analyses to demonstrate the economic viability of copepod culture; and conduct outreach to disseminate project results to stakeholders.
Published on Nov 29, 2017
Published on Nov 29, 2017
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