MSUís Estuarine Research Center dedicates new oyster hatchery at ERC
05/06/2010 | Posted by rthurTags: Commercial
Morgan State Universityís Estuarine Research Center (ERC) unveils its new oyster hatchery on Monday, May 3, 2010. This project is a joint effort between Morgan State University and the Calvert County Watermenís Association with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Office.
ďThis new hatchery will be a great benefit to what we are doing here at the Estuarine Research Center to create a model of a more stable, sustainable oyster industry on the Chesapeake Bay,Ē says Estuarine Research Center Director Dr. Kelton Clark.
Economies of many coastal communities rely on oysters, so Morgan developed a pilot program to help find market-based solutions to replenish the population of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay and prevent economic collapse. The hatchery will be used as the basis for technology transfer and training and support for the local aquaculture industry, which will provide technical guidance to help transfer the hatchery technology into the oyster industry.
The hatchery, a 616 square-foot facility, consists of a brood stock holding and conditioning area, spawning and larvae growing areas, and an algae growing room. It is capable of producing larvae as well as spat-on-shell and cultchless spat in the laboratory space at the ERC. Native oysters will be utilized by the hatchery to support local aquaculture through research and production. Larvae produced from the hatchery will be used as part of the ERCís program to create a more stable, sustainable aquaculture oyster industry.
The ceremony is slated for 9:00 a.m., at the Estuarine Research Center, located at 10545 Mackall Road, Saint Leonard, Maryland 20685.