Oysters and Macro Algae

  •  Dr Li in Wachapreague  Photo courtesy of VIMS' Eastern Shore Laboratory
  •  Close up of macro algae  Photo courtesy of VIMS Eastern Shore Laboratory
  •  Oyster float with macro algae  Photo courtesy of VIMS Eastern Shore Laboratory
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Development and Evaluation of Eco-Engineered Macroalgae and Shellfish Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Systems in the Chesapeake Bay
Principal Investigator: 
Ji Li
Institution: 

University of Maryland, College Park

Co-Principal Investigator: 

Daniel Terlizzi, Patrick Kangas, University of Maryland, College Park

Summary: 

This study will explore whether certain species of macroalgae, or seaweeds, could be integrated effectively into local oyster aquaculture industries. While expected to benefit water quality in the Bay in general, oyster growing could add excess nutrients to local ecosystems. Seaweeds, however, might be able to trap some of those nutrients, limiting the potentially negative environmental impacts of oyster aquaculture operations. The seaweeds themselves could be sold for use in a range of products. 

http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/research-projects/2012/raq-6