A week of highlights

This week we will be highlighting a few of our accomplishments on our NOAA funded project "Alleviating Regulatory Impediments To Native Shellfish Aquaculture".  The overall goals of this project are to increase our knowledge of local adaptation in Olympia oysters to address concerns that interbreeding between potentially maladapted cultured and wild stocks could negatively impact wild populations. This reporting period marks the deployment and monitoring of oysters in our reciprocal transplant experiment. This field work will be the basis of our characterization for a home field advantage in survival, maturation and growth in Olympia oysters. In addition, over the past year we have continued genetic assessment of restoration aquaculture practices and experimented with anesthesia in mature oysters.