Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

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Development of a Shellfish Aquaculture Plan

Principal Investigator: 

Donald Webster

Start/End Year: 

2006 to 2008

Institution: 

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Topic(s): 

Description: 

Objectives: The objective is to develop a written plan on the development of shellfish aquaculture by facilitating meetings and conferences to utilize experienced personnel, as appropriate, for consultation on ways and means to bring about expanded production in this area. To produce a printed plan to include outlining the expansion of shellfish aquaculture that would effect educational programs, the assessment of current laws, the integration that would effect educational programs, the assessment of current laws, the integration of programs to aid in formulating procedures for expansion of aquaculture through development of Best Management Practices and recommendation of Enterprise Zones. Methodology: Utilize experienced personnel from other areas for consultations on ways and means to bring about expanded production in the area of shellfish aquaculture. Organize meetings and conferences with growers, watermen, and other interest groups from Maryland and Virginia to assess current situation regarding regional shellfish aquaculture and develop plans for future development. Utilize interaction with the Oyster Recovery Partnership's (ORP) Aquaculture and Hatchery Committee to gain input on achievable goals. Provide continuing information about project progress through presentations at professional meetings and media sources. Rationale: The development of the shellfish aquaculture plan would improve our research, education and outreach programs in this area. Those in marine industries can benefit from research, development of this plan.