Development and Evaluation of Eco-Engineered Macroalgae and Shellfish Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Systems in the Chesapeake Bay
University of Maryland, College Park
Daniel Terlizzi, Patrick Kangas, University of Maryland, College Park
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.