Delaware Inland Bays Shellfish Aquaculture

 

Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Hugh R. Sharp Campus, University of Delaware, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958

 

This site is maintained and continually updated by the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service (DSGMAS) Aquaculture and Fisheries Specialist as an educational resource about Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture. It includes updates on the DNREC regulatory development process; technical, economic, and environmental information; links to other state shellfish aquaculture programs and industry activities; and links to information of interest for prospective shellfish growers, and local coastal community businesses and residents.

 

Please direct any questions, suggestions or comments about the Inland Bays Shellfish Aquaculture Page to

John W. Ewart ewart@udel.edu    

Phone: 302-645-4060; Fax: 302-645-4213

 

Delaware * Maryland * Virginia * New Jersey * Rhode Island

Other Links: Calendar * Organizations and Agencies * Equipment, Supplies and Services * Publications * Websites and Other Media *

 

What’s New?

 

January 14-16, 2015. Bridging the Gulf in a Changing Environment. A joint meeting of the Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition and Milford Aquaculture Seminar. 

Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine

 

Shellfish culture: Site Selection & Farm Modeling; Shellfish Farming 101; New Shellfish Gear; Shellfish Pathology Workshop

Business of Aquaculture: Business Planning 101; Financing Options; Risk Management; Marketing CSA's; Aquaculture Permitting Forum; Developing International Markets

 

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§3801 Shellfish Aquaculture Regulations to be published in the August 1, 2014 Delaware Register of Regulations

 

DNREC Secretary's Order about the new shellfish aquaculture regulations

 

Effective date of regulations: August 11, 2014    http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries/Pages/ShellfishAquaculture.aspx

For more information regarding shellfish aquaculture regulations, please contact Zina Hense at 302-739-4782 or via email at zina.hense@state.de.us.

 

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Northeastern U.S. Aquaculture Management Guide. A manual for the identification and management of aquaculture production hazards. Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC). United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Tessa L. Getchis, Editor. First edition, 2014. 285 p.

 

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Shellfish Aquaculture Risk Management Education Workshops for the Northeast

 

 Proactive Management to Make Shellfish BMPs Work for You

 

Delaware workshop: Monday January 20, 2014.  7 to 9PM.  University of Delaware, Lewes Campus

Room 104, Cannon Laboratory, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958

 

The East Coast Shellfish Research Institute (ECSRI), affiliated with the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association (ECSGA), has received a grant from USDA/NIFA Risk Management Education Northeast Center to conduct educational workshops in all of the northeast coastal states from Maine to Maryland. The focus of these programs is to help growers document the environmental soundness of their operation, to show how simple technology can improve their profitability, to learn something new and relevant about managing their business, and to understand what to do in case of mortalities in field growout. Other goals of the program are to help improve the marketing of your crop; and to learn about the advantage and benefits of maintaining accurate production records. The program will also include hands-on guidance for documenting your operation into an Individual Farm Plan, and will show you how to create a Point of Purchase brochure. Click here to view the workshop agenda.

 

This workshop is targeted to current and prospective shellfish growers (Delaware) and is free of charge. Please contact John Ewart, Aquaculture and Fisheries Specialist, Delaware Sea Grant, (302-645-4060 or ewart@udel.edu) to reserve a seat and/or for further information.

 

This program is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2012-49200-20031

 

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Shellfish Aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays: Status, Opportunities, and Constraints. July 2013

 

Delaware

 

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife

          DNREC Shellfisheries Management Plan for Indian River, Indian River Bay and Rehoboth Bay. (1979). Final Draft. March 15, 1979. 90p.

         

          Division of Fish and Wildlife public workshop (Jan. 30, 2014) on Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations

                    Welcome and agenda; Program background; Who, What, Where; Preliminary map of shellfish aquaculture areas

 

          Division of Fish and Wildlife's second public workshop (Feb. 26, 2014) on Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations

                    Welcome and Agenda; Program Background; Presentation: Developing Shellfish Aquaculture Regulations

         

          PUBLIC HEARING TO ESTABLISH NEW REGULATIONS GOVERNING AQUACULTURE IN DELAWARE’S INLAND BAYS (7 DE ADMIN. CODE §3800 AQUACULTURE), TO WIT: 7          DE ADMIN. CODE §3801 SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE. May 21, 2014, Watershed Stewardship Building, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE  19958

          Legal Notice-Shellfish Aquaculture; Proposed Regulation; Proposed Shellfish Aquaculture Development Areas

          Presentation: Background and Regulatory Development; Presentation: Summary of Proposed Regulations

 

DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship

          Delaware’s Shellfish Sanitation Program

                    Hard Clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) Population Density and Distribution in Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay, Delaware. Bott. M. and R. Wong. 2012. Delaware                                             Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Division of Fish and Wildlife. Dover, Del. 16p. 

Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB)

          Shellfish Aquaculture in the Inland Bays

          CIB Shellfish Aquaculture Fact Sheet

          CIB Brochure: Shellfish Aquaculture on the Inland Bays: Good for the Economy—Good for the Bays

          Final Report of the Shellfish Aquaculture Tiger Team to the Board of Directors of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays. March 22, 2013

          A Focused Literature Search on Potential Effects of Hard Clam Aquaculture on Wild Populations. Delaware Center for the Inland Bays Shellfish Aquaculture Initiative. March 8, 2013

          Shellfish Gardening Program

          A Day in the Life of Delaware’s Forgotten Bay: A Scientific Survey of Little Assawoman Bay. June 12, 1991

          A Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Delaware's Inland Bays (pdf) June 1995

          Addendum to the Delaware Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (pdf) September 28, 2012

 

University of Delaware Sea Grant Program

          Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service (DSGMAS)

                    Delaware Aquaculture Resource Center (DARC)

                              Shellfish Aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays: Status, Opportunities, and Constraints. July 2013

 

Delaware Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) – A unit of the University of Delaware’s Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships

 

Delaware General Assembly

          HB160  AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 3 AND TITLE 7 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO AQUACULTURE

          Also see http://openstates.org/de/bills/147/HB160/

 

Indian River Inlet Bridge, Delaware Tide Charts

 

Sussex County, Delaware

 

Index

 

Maryland

 

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

          Shellfish Aquaculture Program

          Maryland Seafood Program

          Maryland Oyster Aquaculture Companies

 

Maryland Sea Grant Program

          Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration

          Shellfish Aquaculture

University of Maryland Extension: Aquaculture

          Oyster Aquaculture Technology Series AGNR-EM-11-01

                    Aquaculture Resource Guide (PDF)

                    Production Systems (PDF)

          Aquaculture Business Planning - Why? Where? What? Who? How? by Matt Parker, Aquaculture Business Specialist

 

Fostering Shellfish Aquaculture Production in Maryland and Other States. Department of Legislative Services, Office of Policy Analysis, Annapolis, Maryland. January 2013

 

Index

 

Virginia

 

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). The College of William and Mary, Gloucester Point, Virginia

         BONAMIA EXITIOSA AND ITS INFECTION OF CRASSOSTREA VIRGINICA IN THE EASTERN USA: AN ADVISORY. September 11, 2013. Virginia Institute of Marine Science

          College of William & Mary and Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory Rutgers University

          Virginia’s spawnless oyster: traditionally bred, not genetically modified. 2008. by Dr. Standish K. Allen, Director, Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center, Virginia Institute of         Marine Science

 

Virginia Sea Grant Program

          Virginia Sea Grant Marine Extension

                    Information for Growers

                    Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture - Situation and Outlook Report (Results of 2012 Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture Crop Reporting Survey), VSG-13-02, VIMS Marine Resource

                    Report No. 2013-2, March 2013

                    Economic Activity Associated with Shellfish Aquaculture in Virginia - 2012, VSG-13-17, VIMS Marine Resource Report No. 2013-4, July 2013

                    2012 Cultchless (Single seed) Oyster Crop Budgets for Virginia, VSG-12-13, VIMS Marine Resource Report No. 2012-10, November 2012

                    2012 Cultchless (Single seed) Oyster Crop Budgets for Virginia User Manual

                    Oyster Budget Spreadsheet (small scale) (xls) MS Excel

                    Example Oyster Budget (small scale) (pdf)

                    Oyster Budget Spreadsheet (medium scale) (xls) MS Excel

                    Example Oyster Budget (medium scale) (pdf)

                    Oyster Crop Budget for Hand Calculations (pdf)

 

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)

 

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation

 

Virginia Aquaculture Association

 

Virginia Tech

 

Virginia Marine Products Board

 

Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC)

          Shellfish Aquaculture, Farming and Gardening

 

Virginia Seafood Council

 

Shellfish Growers of Virginia (SGV)

P.O. Box 1394, Gloucester, VA 23061

(804) 815-1316

Executive Director Mike Oesterling

mikeo@vashellfish.org

          SGV Members

          SGV on Facebook

 

Index

 

New Jersey

 

New Jersey Department of Agriculture Office of Aquaculture Coordination

          Fish & Seafood Development Program New Jersey Aquaculture

        Opportunities and Potential for Aquaculture in New Jersey: An Update of the Aquaculture Development Plan. New Jersey Aquaculture Advisory Council, and New Jersey

          Department of Agriculture. October 2011

          Innovative Oyster Production Takes a Big Step Forward. State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection (2012) news release announcing development of four

          Aquaculture Development Zones (ADZ) in the Delaware Bay

 

Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

          Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (HSRL)

                    Bivalve Laboratory

                    Cape Shore Laboratory

                    Aquaculture Innovation Center (AIC)

          Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS)

         

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

          Fisheries and Aquaculture

          Fisheries and Aquaculture Fact Sheets & Bulletins

          Hard Clam Aquaculture in New Jersey (ppt) Gef Flimlin, Marine Extension Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

          East Coast Shellfish Hatchery and Nursery List 2013 (pdf) Gef Flimlin, Marine Extension Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

          Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program

 

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium

          Commercial Fisheries and Aquaculture

          Lisa Calvo, Aquaculture Program Coordinator

 

Index

 

Rhode Island

 

Aquaculture Program  Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), Wakefield, Rhode Island

          Frequently Asked Questions

          Aquaculture in Rhode Island, 2012 Annual Status Report

 

Office of Water Resources Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)

Rhode Island Sea Grant  

          Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan (RISMP)

          Rice, Michael A. (2006). A History of Oyster Aquaculture in Rhode Island. In: 2006 Annual Status Report. Coastal Resources Management Council. Wakefield, Rhode Island. P 28-31.

Center for Economic & Environmental Development. Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

Jamestown Aquaculture Movement (JAM) - an educational group of researchers and individuals supporting the growth of sustainable aquaculture projects in Rhode Island

Index

 

Other Links

 

Calendar * Organizations * Equipment and Supplies * Publications * Websites and Other Media

 

January 14-16, 2015. Bridging the Gulf in a Changing Environment. A joint meeting of the Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition and Milford Aquaculture Seminar.  Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine

 

Shellfish culture: Site Selection & Farm Modeling; Shellfish Farming 101; New Shellfish Gear; Shellfish Pathology Workshop

Business of Aquaculture: Business Planning 101; Financing Options; Risk Management; Marketing CSA's; Aquaculture Permitting Forum; Developing International Markets

 

East Coast Shellfish Growers Association Calendar – Industry Events

 

Organizations and Agencies

 

Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant - New York's freshest oysters and seafood

 

East Coast Shellfish Growers Association (ECSGA) - represents over 1000 shellfish farmers from Maine to Florida

          ECSGA List Serve - an online email discussion group open to anyone interested in shellfish growing

          ECSGA Newsletter (August 2013)

          Best Management Practices for the East Coast Shellfish Aquaculture Industry. (pdf) June 2010

 

Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) - formed in 1982 to foster and promote shellfish sanitation through the cooperation of state and federal control agencies, the shellfish industry, and the academic community

 

North Carolina Shellfish Growers Association (NCSGA) - founded in 1995 to represent the interests of the many people involved in the shellfish industry. As such it has a rather broad base of members including shellfish farmers, hatchery operators, seafood dealers, educators, researchers, government regulators, and service providers

 

NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture

          National Shellfish Initiative - The goal of the National Shellfish Initiative is to increase populations of bivalve shellfish in our nation’s coastal waters through

          commercial production and conservation activities

 

Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC) - The Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center, located at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland is sponsored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

 

National Shellfisheries Association (NSA) - Founded in 1908, The NSA is an international organization of scientists, management officials and members of industry, all concerned with the biology, ecology, production, economics and management of shellfish resources

 

Ocean State Shellfish Cooperative - six different oyster farms in Rhode Island that together cover about 50 acres. Operating in different bodies of water along Rhode Island's coast, each farm raises a variety of oyster, each with its own unique tastes and characteristics

 

Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA) - Founded in 1930, the PCSGA represents growers in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii.

PCSGA works on behalf of its members on a broad spectrum of issues, including environmental protection, shellfish safety, regulations, technology and marketing

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Shellfish Programs & Interstate Certified Shippers List and National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP)

 

Links Index

Main Index

 

Equipment, Supplies and Services

 

Allen-Bailey Tag & Label – custom tags and labels for the shellfish industry

 

BuoysAndLights.com - aquaculture site and perimeter marking

 

Chesapeake Bay Oyster Company – offers a full line of shellfish aquaculture equipment and supplies

 

4Cs Breeding Technologies Inc. - genetics and breeding technologies for shellfish aquaculture

 

Fukui North America (FNA) - supplies technically advanced products from around the world from the shellfish and finfish aquaculture industries

 

Go Deep International, Inc. - aquaculture buoys and growout materials

 

Hooper's Island Oyster Aquaculture – equipment sales

 

Industrial Netting – netting, mesh and screens for industry

 

Ketcham Supply – traps, grow out gear & aquaculture supplies

 

McCaleb-Metzler Insurance - seafood industry insurance

 

Morty the Knife Manseafood merchandizing & processing specialists

 

OysterGro – the complete farming system

 

Oyster Ranch - floating/sinking cage system for oyster farming

 

Packaging Products Corporation – perishables packing specialists

 

Rite in the Rain – all-weather writing paper

 

Riverdale Mills Corporation – Aquamesh® the world’s toughest aquaculture wire since 1980

 

R. Murphy Knives – industrial hand knives, professional knives, and consumer cutlery

 

SEAPA Aquaculture Products - oyster baskets built to simplify and increase the efficiency of sub-tidal and intertidal oyster farming

 

Southern Label Company – shellfish tags and labels

 

T.G.I. Welding & Machine, Cheriton, Virginia – custom built tools and equipment for the aquaculture industry

 

Thermo King - world leader in transport temperature control systems for trucks, trailers, buses, rail cars and shipboard containers

 

Links Index

Main Index

 

Publications

 

Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB)

          Shellfish Aquaculture in the Inland Bays

          CIB Shellfish Aquaculture Fact Sheet (pdf)

          CIB Brochure: Shellfish Aquaculture on the Inland Bays: Good for the Economy—Good for the Bays (pdf)

          Final Report of the Shellfish Aquaculture Tiger Team to the Board of Directors of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (pdf) March 22, 2013

          Shellfish Gardening Program

          A Day in the Life of Delaware’s Forgotten Bay: A Scientific Survey of Little Assawoman Bay (pdf) June 12, 1991

          A Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Delaware's Inland Bays (pdf) June 1995

          Addendum to the Delaware Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (pdf) September 28, 2012

 

Reference Manual for Oyster Aquaculturists (pdf) 2008. By Sylvio Doiron, the New Brunswick (Canada) Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture. 76 pages

 

Shellfish Aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays: Status, Opportunities, and Constraints (pdf) July 2013

 

East Coast Shellfish Growers Association (ECSGA) - represents over 1000 shellfish farmers from Maine to Florida

          ECSGA List Serve - an online email discussion group open to anyone interested in shellfish growing

          ECSGA Newsletter (August 2013)

          Best Management Practices for the East Coast Shellfish Aquaculture Industry. (pdf) June 2010

 

Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC) Fact Sheets

          Business Planning and Marketing 
          Aquaculture Species and Systems
          Shellfish Culture
          Water Quality and Waste Management
          Other RAC Fact Sheets/Publications

 

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

          Fisheries and Aquaculture Fact Sheets & Bulletins

          Hard Clam Aquaculture in New Jersey (ppt) Gef Flimlin, Marine Extension Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

          East Coast Shellfish Hatchery and Nursery List 2013 (pdf) Gef Flimlin, Marine Extension Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

 

University of Maryland Oyster Aquaculture Technology Series AGNR-EM-11-01

                              Aquaculture Resource Guide (pdf)       

                    Production Systems (pdf)

          Aquaculture Business Planning - Why? Where? What? Who? How? by Matt Parker, Aquaculture Business Specialist

 

Opportunities and Potential for Aquaculture in New Jersey: An Update of the Aquaculture Development Plan. New Jersey Aquaculture Advisory Council, and New Jersey Department of Agriculture. October 2011

 

Shellfish Aquaculture: Ecosystem Effects, Benthic–Pelagic Coupling, and Potential for Nutrient Trading (pdf) By Roger I. E. Newell, University of Maryland, and Roger Mann, Virginia Institute of Marine Science. A Report Prepared for the Secretary of Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia. June 21, 2012. 14p.

 

Shellfish Aquaculture and the Environment. Sandra E. Shumway (Editor). ISBN: 978-0-8138-1413-1. November 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

          Executive Summary

 

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

BONAMIA EXITIOSA AND ITS INFECTION OF CRASSOSTREA VIRGINICA IN THE EASTERN USA: AN ADVISORY. September 11, 2013. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary and Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory Rutgers University

Virginia’s spawnless oyster: traditionally bred, not genetically modified. 2008. by Dr. Standish K. Allen, Director, Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Information for Growers

Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture - Situation and Outlook Report (Results of 2012 Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture Crop Reporting Survey), VSG-13-02, VIMS Marine Resource

Report No. 2013-2, March 2013

Economic Activity Associated with Shellfish Aquaculture in Virginia - 2012, VSG-13-17, VIMS Marine Resource Report No. 2013-4, July 2013

2012 Cultchless (Single seed) Oyster Crop Budgets for Virginia, VSG-12-13, VIMS Marine Resource Report No. 2012-10, November 2012

2012 Cultchless (Single seed) Oyster Crop Budgets for Virginia User Manual

Oyster Budget Spreadsheet (small scale) (xls) MS Excel

Example Oyster Budget (small scale) (pdf)

Oyster Budget Spreadsheet (medium scale) (xls) MS Excel

Example Oyster Budget (medium scale) (pdf)

Oyster Crop Budget for Hand Calculations (pdf)

 

Links Index

Main Index

 

Websites and Other Media

 

East Coast Shellfish Aquaculture and Associated Ecosystem Services (pdf) by Robert Rheault. Presented 2012 Oyster World Congress. Arachon, France. November 28-31, 2012. - a review of the (2011) east coast shellfish aquaculture industry and a review of associated ecosystem services

 

IntraFish – an independent source for news and analysis affecting the global seafood industry

 

Online Resource Guide for Florida Shellfish Aquaculture - information about clam farming and related activities for the general public, growers, and others 

 

Oysterguide.com by Rowan Jacobsen

 

Oyster Information Newsletter (OI)

          OI (on Facebook)

         

Seafood Business – your trusted global authority on buying and selling seafood

 

Seafood Health Facts: Making Smart Choices – balancing the benefits and risks of seafood consumption

 

Seafood Network Information Center (SeafoodNIC) - at the Oregon State University Seafood Research & Education Center in Astoria, Oregon

 

SeafoodSource.com – your global seafood solution

 

Shellfish and Aquaculture (pdf) by Dale Leavitt, Aquaculture Extension Specialist, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island - a good review of shellfish biology and aquaculture, shellfish ecological services, and the role of sediments in shellfish production

 

Shellfish Production Methods and Economics – Eastern Oyster (pdf) by Marc J. Turano, North Carolina Sea Grant. 2013 – an economic review of float bag oyster production systems

 

Shellfish Upweller Nurseries (pdf) by Dale Leavitt, Aquaculture Extension Specialist, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

 

So you are thinking about growing shellfish? Things to consider (pdf)– a thorough and still relevant overview of shellfish farming by Leslie N. Sturmer University of Florida / IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program, Cedar Key Florida Cedar Key, Florida. 2005

 

Links Index

Main Index

 

 

Delaware * Maryland * Virginia * New Jersey * Rhode Island

Other Links: Calendar * Organizations and Agencies * Equipment, Supplies and Services * Publications * Websites and Other Media *

 

Please direct any questions, suggestions or comments about the Inland Bays Shellfish Aquaculture Page to

John W. Ewart ewart@udel.edu    

Phone: 302-645-4060; Fax: 302-645-4213