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NOAA Partnership Program for 2001

During the process of setting the NOAA budget for FY 2001 it was agreed to have a budget set-aside to guarantee the participation of key NOAA agencies such as the National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Ocean Service in key research and policy areas. With this agreement came the understanding that all aquaculture funds created through the NOAA budget process would be placed in the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and that projects selected in this set aside would go through an internal competitive process and would be reviewed by the NOAA/DOC Aquaculture Steering Committee. Seven Projects were received from the various NOAA agencies and the following three were selected to compliment those selected through the broader Federal Register process:

Project: Development and testing of a recirculating seawater nursery system for the culture of bay scallops (Argopecten irradians).

State: Connecticut, NMFS laboratory

Principal Investigators:

James Widman, Gary Wikfors, Barry Smith, Sheila Stiles, Ronald Goldberg, Joseph Choromanski

National Marine Fisheries Service

Abstract: This project will develop the techniques for the culture of large bay scallop seed using an experimental greenhouse for large-scale culture of micro algal feeds supplying an experimental recirculating seawater shellfish hatchery. The economics of culturing large bay scallop seed in recirculation systems will be investigated in four different filter designs. Water quality and algal additions will be monitored and adjusted by process control systems. Each system (biofilter plus rearing tanks) will be evaluated for cost per scallop reared and the final size that provides the best economic return.

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Project: Development of polyculture systems for the production of marine fishes pre-adapted for stock enhancement.

State: North Carolina, National Ocean Service Lab at Beaufort

Principal Investigators:

John Burke, Jud Kenworthy, Jon Hare, Gary Matlock

National Ocean Service

The objective of this proposal is to develop juvenile rearing techniques that produce fishery seedlings with the behavioral attributes necessary for survival after release in the wild. They will test the hypothesis that reef fish reared in a polyculture system with sea grass communities will be behaviorally suitable for stock enhancement.

The Project investigators will:

(August 2002)

  1. Broodstock of five important coastal species has been established. Currently we are domesticating five new species as potential candidates for our polyculture experiments. In the summer of 2001 we collected juveniles: 30 gag grouper, 30 black seabass, 20 pigfish, 10 oyster toadfish and 5 gray snapper. To date black seabass, pig fish and gray snapper have matured. Gag grouper are not yet large enough to spawn but are growing well and mortality has been very low.
  2. Spawning and rearing protocols for two coastal species has been established. We have developed techniques for tank spawning black sea bass and pigfish and have adapted our rearing methods so that these species can be reared through the juvenile stage. Larvae and juveniles of these species were provided to researchers for a variety of experiments. Oyster toadfish spawn volitionally and juveniles are currently being reared.
  3. Green house construction is complete. Contractors have completed construction of the green house that will house the polyculture experiments. Electrical and plumbing contracts have been awarded and equipment for water quality control and monitoring purchased. Cement burial vaults have been purchased plumbed and sealed for seagrass culture.
  4. Personnel training. An ORISE contractor, James Morris, was hired in 2001 and has been involved in all aspects of the project. This summer an intern, Barry Guthrie, from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington worked with us on the project and received academic credit for his fish husbandry experience from UNCW

Project: Broodstock development, reproduction, and larval rearing of Canary rockfish (Sebastes pinniger) a new species of the Pacific Northwest.

State: Washington, NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Principal Investigators:

Robert Iwamoto, Michael Rust, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

The long term objective is to develop a viable commercial aquaculture system for the production of rockfish and to investigate the potential for stock rebuilding with cultured juveniles.

The specific technical objectives are:


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