Producing a Better Oyster: Development of Methods to Improve the Quality and Marketability of Oysters, Crassostrea virginica, from the Gulf of Mexico

The primary goal of this project is to develop a number of techniques that can be applied to improve the quality and marketability of oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico to help the industry overcome a number of economic, regulatory and biological challenges.

Specifically, the objectives of this project are to:

  1. Test the effect of genetic manipulations (e.g., breeding selected lines, triploidy) upon the growth, survival and marketability of oysters;
  2. Quantify the effect of different culture techniques (gear types, processing regimes, etc.) upon growth, survival and marketability of oysters;
  3. Develop harvest methods and/or certification protocols designed to ensure food safety; and
  4. Identify opportunities for niche marketing and value-added processes to enhance the marketability of Gulf of Mexico oysters.
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