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!!

 

US Aquaculture Wrestles with Coronavirus and the Spiraling Economic

 

Shellfish and finfish farmers struggle with restaurant closures.

All across California, we are hearing the impacts of the Coronavirus on seafood sales. California seafood produced by aquaculture is primary a live market industry to ensure the freshest and highest quality products to consumers. With this economic downturn and lack of sales, our farmers are being forced to lay off significant numbers of staff just to keep afloat.

For fish and some shellfish growers, this puts significant stress on life support systems not just for the employees, but also for the fish. Critical elements of life support systems in aquaculture have farmers concerned over the now uncertainty of feed, oxygen and fuel deliveries. What are the additional costs (eg. labor, feed, energy) to keep fish longer? How does this impact the harvest plan on the farm? What does a farmer do when it is time to spawn fish? Will there be tanks and ponds available when those new fish are ready to be moved out of the hatcheries if the previous stocks have not been moved to market? Will there be enough larval oysters to support our California industry if hatcheries in other states are severely impacted? It is certain the economic ramifications of Coronavirus will likely have long-lasting impacts on all of our food systems.

Aquaculture products supply a significant part of the seafood we eat. Ask your grocer where your seafood originates, and if able, support your California and US seafood industries. Otherwise we will become even more reliant than we already are on other nations to meet our dietary needs.