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Aquaculture

Limitless Potential

Marine aquaculture has been slow in coming to Georgia, but the potential for expansion is virtually limitless and could provide an environmentally friendly economic basis for many of Georgia's coastal communities.

How are UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant furthering studies into sustainable aquaculture?

Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms, such as fish, crustaceans, mollusks and aquatic plants.

The Shellfish Research Laboratory at UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant conducts studies into successful strategies for cultivating native mollusk species and researches possible diseases and their prevention in order to help create a healthy and sustainable industry. 

It is well recognized by most scientists and resource managers that America's fisheries are in serious decline due to over-fishing and habitat degradation. As demands for edible fish and shellfish continue to increase, many state and federal agencies now consider aquaculture as the mechanism for the future production of the nation's seafood.

Spatking Oysters' seed oysters from pearl nets.

Spatking Oysters' seed oysters from pearl nets.

Whitehouse Seafood's oyster spat racks.

Whitehouse Seafood's oyster spat racks.

Sapelo Sea Farms Inc.'s hard clams in mesh bags on intertidal bottom.

Sapelo Sea Farms Inc.'s hard clams in mesh bags on intertidal bottom.

Southern surfclam Spisula raveneli, a potential aquaculture species.

Southern surfclam Spisula raveneli, a potential aquaculture species.

Blood Ark, Anadara ovalis, a potential aquaculture species.

Blood Ark, Anadara ovalis, a potential aquaculture species.

Spatking Oysters' seed oysters from pearl nets.
Whitehouse Seafood's oyster spat racks.
Sapelo Sea Farms Inc.'s hard clams in mesh bags on intertidal bottom.
Southern surfclam Spisula raveneli, a potential aquaculture species.
Blood Ark, Anadara ovalis, a potential aquaculture species.