DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES AND JUMPSTARTING DELAWARE'S AQUACULTURE INDUSTRY
Global seafood demand is growing by more than 2% each year and the fishing industry provides more than $60 million to Delaware's economy annually. Delaware Sea Grant funds research on commercial-scale aquaculture, sustainable seafood, and seafood handling technology to keep our state's fishing industry at the leading edge of economic development and environmental responsibility.
Deciphering the Role of Commensal Microbial Communities in the Health and Fitness of the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea Virginica
Investigators: Drs. Shawn W. Polson, K. Eric Wommack, and Patrick Gaffney
The eastern or American oyster, Crassostrea virginica, is a keystone species in coastal ecosystems along the east coast of North America. The ecosystem services this species provides have been severely reduced over the past centurythrough overharvesting, habitat degradation, and the emergence of lethal diseases. This study will assess the microbiome of natural and restored populations in order to determine the impact commensal microorganisms have on the success of the eastern oyster.
Mini-Grant: Preliminary Assessment of New Technology for Oyster Purification
Investigator: Dr. Dennis McIntosh
To improve seafood safety, post-harvest processing of shellfish is becoming the industry standard. Delaware Sea Grant is funding a mini-grant to test new depuration (cleansing or purification) or post-harvest treatment of bivalve shellfish. Two related proprietary disinfecting technologies, alone and in combination, are being compared to conventional ultraviolet disinfection. Researchers are exploring suitability for use on live shellfish in an early exploratory phase of this research.