The effects of different gear types on farming Atlantic Sea Scallops (Placopecten magellanicus)

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2021: $15,000.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2022
Grant Recipient: Pemaquid Oyster Co., Inc.
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:
Dr. Christopher Davis
Pemaquid Oyster Co., Inc.
As Maine's aquaculture industry continues to grow, there is interest in developing innovative and cost effective techniques for Atlantic sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) aquaculture. This study is assessing four different aquaculture gear types for grow-out of farm-raised sea scallops (lantern nets, floating bags, bottom cages, and dark sea trays) to investigate the influence of these gear on scallop growth rates and survival. We also will test the influence of depth, as well as the capital cost and labor involved in deployment and maintenance of each gear type. The information gained from this study will help inform farmers' decisions about gear choice and location.
Conference/Presentation Material
Sydney Avena, Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center
Chris Davis, Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center
Anne Langston Noll, Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center
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