We were pleased to provide recycled shell to support oyster research by Northeastern's Chris Baillie who is a grad student in the Grabowski Lab.
Here is his summary of his project.
|Recycled Shell in Ipswich to collect oyster spat.|
I am also including predator exclusion treatments to investigate the amount of mortality attributable to predation events. I am particularly interested in how invasive species, such as the green crab and Asian shore crab, influence oyster mortality.
|Mass Oyster's 2014 crop of recycled shell for oyster restoration|
Hopefully my results will provide information that will inform restoration efforts in the Northeast and potentially help identify potential depth hotspots for restoration efforts in the Northeast. The oyster shell used provided by Massachusetts Oyster Project, which has been sun-weathered to eliminate any invasive species or detrimental encrusting organisms, has been very helpful for the construction of these oyster mats. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Massachusetts Oyster Project for contributing this shell and their continued efforts to make sure that oyster shell, a valuable substrate for experiments and restoration, is put to good use and does not end up in the garbage.
|Chris Baillie Oyster Researcher and Northeastern Grad Student|
|You can see his bio here.|