Native spat collectors for obtaining oyster farm seed.

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2000: $4,885.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2000
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $7,015.00
Region: Northeast
State: New Jersey
Project Leader:


  • Animals: shellfish


  • Animal Production: general animal production
  • Farm Business Management: feasibility study

    Proposal summary:

    Oyster diseases have had an effect on aquaculture in Delaware Bay. This project will harvest the spat of native, disease-resistant oysters and compare the survival and growth of native seed with seed acquired from lab-produced resistant stocks. The expense of these lab stocks has acted as a constraint on oyster aquaculture, and cheaper native seed will tend to boost profits and may encourage expansion of the oyster industry.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.