Self-Sustaining Oyster Fishery
Staff served on a Blue Ribbon panel charged with developing a plan for a self-sustaining oyster fishery in the Potomac River. Conducted surveys to delineate a seed planting location and for the post-planting evaluation.
Potomac River Oyster Survey
Surveyed 19 oyster bars in the Potomac River as part of the annual Fall Oyster Survey accompanied by PRFC staff. Provided results to the PRFC to support management efforts.
This project is a collaborative effort involving VIMS, VMRC, UMd, and MDNR to develop a joint oyster stock assessment in Chesapeake Bay. As a co-investigator, participated in a meeting to consider extension of the current effort to develop a formal benchmark assessment for the entire bay. Drafted and submitted relevant sections for the interim and year-end reports.
Staff provided field support for a four-year UMd research project on Vibrio spp. in oysters in the Chesapeake Bay, which concluded in August. Although lab work and data analyses are still ongoing, a meeting was held to update the participants of the project.
Participated as a member in the Coastal Bays STAC to provide expertise on issues concerning these bays. Presented findings of the Coastal Bays Shellfish Survey to the committee.
RAS staff assisted with the Coastal Bays Shellfish Survey, baseline Oyster Sanctuary Surveys, the Fall Oyster Survey, and Patuxent River razer clam mortality survey.
Maryland Grows Oysters Project
Provided a vessel, occasionally a vehicle, and some staff support for MGO seasonal field work.
Provided ship time and samples to a University of Delaware graduate student conducting oyster disease research in Maryland.
Provided submerged aquatic vegetation data collected as part of the Coastal Bays Shellfish Survey to VIMS for ground-truthing their aerial SAV survey.
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