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