Aquaculture

Humanity's growing demand for seafood is increasingly met by aquaculture of finfish and shellfish. VIMS researchers help illuminate, guide, and steer aquaculture towards maximum healthy yields and minimal environmental impact. Visit our oyster and blue crab pages for additional information specific to those organisms.

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Interns embark on careers in oyster aquaculture (September, 2014)
Virginia’s shellfish growers sold an estimated 31 million oysters and 214.4 million clams in 2013 for a farm-gate value of $45.1 million. That's according to a survey of shellfish aquaculture conducted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Sea Grant.

Value of Virginia aquaculture reaches all-time high (April, 2014)
Virginia’s shellfish growers sold an estimated 31 million oysters and 214.4 million clams in 2013 for a farm-gate value of $45.1 million. That's according to a survey of shellfish aquaculture conducted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Sea Grant.

VIMS prof honored by Inventors Hall of Fame (November, 2013)
Inventor of the Year Award to Dr. Stan Allen recognizes his patented method for producing spawnless oysters, which has revolutionized aquaculture worldwide.

VIMS trains interns in oyster aquaculture (October 2013)
Program graduates fifth straight year-class in support of growing industry.

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Five Most Recent Journal Articles
  1. Stentiford, G.D., et al., 2012. Disease will limit future food supply from the global crustacean fishery and aquaculture sectors. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 110(2): p. 141-157. http://doi.org/10.1016/J.Jip.2012.03.013
  2. Hudson, K. and T.J. Murray, 2012. Economic Contributions of Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture. Journal of Shellfish Research, 31(1): p. 298-299.
  3. Luckenbach, M.W., 2010. Fisheries collapses, restoration challenges, spread of non-natives and the emergence large-scale aquaculture: anthropogenic-driven changes to ecosystem-engineering oyster species. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 50: p. E105-E105.
  4. Luckenbach, M., 2009. Nutrient Sequestration in Macroalgae Associated with Clam Culture: Potential Nutrient Trading Credit for Aquaculture. Journal of Shellfish Research, 28(3): p. 711-711.
  5. Carlsson, J., et al., 2008. Evaluating Recruitment Contribution of a Selectively Bred Aquaculture Line of the Oyster, Crassostrea virginica Used in Restoration Efforts. Journal of Shellfish Research, 27(5): p. 1117-1124.

Read a full list of VIMS-authored journal articles related to aquaculture.