Welcome to our Bodega Marine Lab Abalone Shed

Breakfast!!! Click here to watch the video.

Not to be confused with the White Abalone Recovery Program at BML, we are still busy taking care of our Red Abalone even while activities on campus have come to a screeching halt. So…. Razieh gets to spend her time feeding, cleaning, and taking  photos.

Abalone gotta eat!!!

Three water temperatures and flow-through or recirculating water capabilities.
Abalone Culture Experimental Laboratory

The shed has come along nicely with the assistance of our support staff, Joe, Phillip, and Karl. We currently are setup  for flow-through water or a recirculating system and able to operate with three different ocean temperatures and differing water quality. Eventually I’ll be able to get back to the coast and configure all our sensors.

30 tank manifold!

We have been collecting ultrasound images of internal anatomy. In particular we are interested in using this non-invasive method to evaluate gonad development with different ocean temperatures.  We will apply this strategy towards the conservation of endangered abalone. We are also interested in nutrient sequestration but we can talk about that later.

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A Ventral View!!

 

Moving into New Aquaculture Space at BML

I am pretty excited to be moving into a new lab space out at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. We are launching a new project using non-invasive techniques to evaluate reproductive development in abalone. A number of abalone and abalone scientist already call the BML home.  Over 30,000 White Abalone can be found in the conservation hatchery and our scientists are working to save our endangered White Abalone (White Abalone Recovery Program video).  A few sustainably grown abalone farms still exist in California (Cultured Abalone, Monterey Abalone Company, American Abalone Farm and The Abalone Farm Inc.). Continued relationships between production farms and conservation programs are paving the way to save our native abalone.

We are refurbishing and converting the old halibut culture space into a new aquaculture lab capable of multiple temperatures, with flow through or recirculating aquaculture systems. It’s going to be AWESOME!!!!!