Oyster Sentinel Program

Our lab participates 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. We work closely with the Alabama Marine Resources Division and the Florida Division of Aquaculture, both to collect and interpret the Oyster Sentinel results. In Apalachicola, these data were especially important in summer 2012 when resource managers were determining the cause of the crash in oyster abundance. Beginning in 2012, we expanded this program to include farmed oysters as well, to provide oyster farmers timely data about the disease status of their oyster crops.

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