Join Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory Director Dave Bushek on a virtual tour of the facilities and the important research conducted there for WHYY’s Friday Arts. Bushek demonstrates the process of raising disease-resistant oysters and explains how it not only benefits consumers and the oyster industry, but fish and birds as well.
A professor with William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science is one of two to be named "Inventor of the Year" by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, the college announced Monday. Professor Stan Allen and his colleague Ximing Guo of Rutgers University were lauded for their "product by process" patent, achieved in 1994 while both were at Rutgers, for oysters with two extra sets of chromosomes. Their breakthrough, plus new techniques developed at VIMS and Rutgers, is used in growing 90 percent of Virginia’s farmed oysters, according to a VIMS statement.
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In the 1880s the succulent Barnegat Bay oyster was harvested in the thousands. The fishery employed around 200,000 people directly or indirectly in the oyster harvesting industry that was centered on Tuckerton, Barnegat and the Mullica River. The oyster fishery of New Jersey was worth $2 million a year, said Professor Ken Able, ichthyologist and director of the Rutgers Marine and Coastal Sciences Field Station located on Great Bay Boulevard in Little Egg Harbor. Able’s slide show on early oyster research was well attended at the Nov. 13 Lunch n’ Learn program held at the Tuckerton Seaport.
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Darrell Porter isn’t sure if the decline in crabs making it into the pots this past summer has something to do with Superstorm Sandy or other factors. But it’s a mystery sure to be tied into the delicate nature of the Barnegat Bay ecosystem. "There is definitely a shortage of crabs this year," remarked Porter, owner of the Crab Shack in West Mantoloking…"If you were out on a boat in 1960, and then out in a boat in 2010, the water doesn’t necessarily look different. It doesn’t tell you from the surface," said Mike Kennish, research professor at Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. This underwater world has been struggling due to decades of overdevelopment and pollution.
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In this installment of Saving Seafood Radio, Dr. Olaf P. Jensen, assistant professor at the Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, discusses research from his global fisheries research database that dispels misconceptions that depleted stocks cannot recover. The RAM Legacy Stock Assessment Database, which was rolled out in 2012 by Dr. Jensen and fisheries scientists at the University of Washington and Dalhousie University, offers detailed information on the global estimated abundance of fish stocks and fishing levels over time. Dr. Jensen has used this collection of information to examine the effectiveness of fisheries management techniques, including the impacts of the catch shares program.
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