Massachusetts Scientists to Co-Farm Seaweed and Oysters
April 27, 2012
A new initiative by the Marine Biological Laboratory, based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, will pair oysters and seaweed in an aquaculture project they hope will combine a new business opportunity for fisherman with a solution for cleaning up coastal waters, according to an article in the Falmouth Patch.
Starting next month in Massachusetts’ Waquoit Bay, MBL scientists will grow the native red seaweed Gracilaria tikvahiae with Atlantic oysters. They’ll compare the growth performance and nitrogen removal potential of farming the two together versus farming oysters alone. The scientists hypothesize that multi-cropping shellfish and seaweed can be a more profitable business model and help clean coastal estuaries better than growing a single species.
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