Products for Industry

  • Eyed  Larva
    Eyed Larva  A photomicrograph of an eyed oyster larva.  Photo by Michael Congrove.
  • Oyster tanks
    Oyster tanks  Oyster larvae are allowed to settle on old oyster shells in tanks like these.  Photo by Michael Congrove
  • Oyster Planting
    Oyster Planting  Local oystermen plant spat-on-shell in Chesapeake Bay.  Photo courtesy Mike Congrove.
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     An oyster grower plants spat on shell.  Photo by Michael Congrove.
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     An oyster grower checks a cage.  Photo by Margaret Pizer/VASG.
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     Oyster cages like these are used in oyster aquaculture.  Photo by Michael Congrove.
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     A clump of harvested oysters.  Photo by Michael Congrove.
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     Measuring a clump of oysters that are ready for harvest.  Photo by Michael Congrove.
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From our start in 1998, the culmination of our breeding efforts has been the release of brood stock to hatcheries for propagation of seed and eyed larvae. Because progress is continuous in a breeding program, we expect to release lines yearly that are better than the previous generations. The number of brood stock released in the past five years has climbed steadily, from 100 in 2004-2005 to 500 in 2006-2007 and 7,000 in 2008-2009.

For a detailed description of our program view our


For a list of ABC's current line offerings, as of September 2019, click here.