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!!!
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.
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.