Assessment of Oyster Habitat

In 2009, Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory began a long-term program to assess oyster habitat across seasons and among years along the Alabama coastline. By establishing a standardized measurement of oyster survival and growth, the program should provide quantitative, statistically meaningful rankings of sites. This information can be used to a) identify potential areas for oyster aquaculture, b) optimize oyster restoration efforts and fishery management, and c) assess effects of environmental or anthropogenic changes. In addition, we also participate in the Gulf of Mexico's OysterSentinel program, tracking the status of the oyster disease called Dermo or Perkinsus marinus. We are responsible for 3 sites in Alabama and 3 sites in Apalachicola Bay, Florida.

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