According to NOAA Aquaculture, farmed oysters, clams, and mussels account for about two-thirds of total U.S. marine aquaculture production. Oyster aquaculture includes the breeding, rearing, and harvesting oysters in marine environments for human consumption, oyster reef restoration, or habitat creation.
The Growing U.S. Oyster Aquaculture Industry - 2022-2023:
- Recently, Dr. Posadas was asked by federal and state aquaculture and fisheries agencies to assist in their current programming efforts.
- In response to recent videos by Dr. Posadas, the NOAA Aquaculture Program (NOAA-AP) communicated with him regarding the issues involved in conducting a national study to determine the productive capacity of the oyster farming industry before farmed oyster prices will start to decline.
- Dr. Posadas shared with NOAA-AP recent Mississippi MarketMaker Newsletter issues dealing with the U.S. oyster market and the rising oyster farming industry.
- The U.S. Oyster Aquaculture Industry is Expected to Grow in the Next Decade
OVERALL GOAL OF THIS PROPOSED PROJECT
Review related literature about oyster aquaculture in the U.S. and develop economic models of alternative oyster aquaculture systems suitable for the state and the region. Conduct outreach about the benefits of oyster aquaculture to the seafood industry, coastal communities, seafood consumers, and the general public.
Estimates of U. S. oyster aquaculture production are based on data released by NOAA Fisheries.
This section shows the data on the annual production of oysters from Mississippi private oyster leases.
Presented during the Second Meeting of the Oysters in the Economy Committee of the Governor’s Oyster Restoration and Resiliency Council. Lakeshore, Mississippi.
ALTERNATIVE OYSTER AQUACULTURE SYSTEMS
Develop economic models of alternative oyster aquaculture systems suitable for the state and the region. These models will be initially based on existing oyster aquaculture systems in the Northeastern and Western states. It will attempt to measure alternative aquaculture systems' market and non-market benefits.
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