A North Carolina Sea Grant-funded scientist and a commercial fisherman, who met while collaborating on Sea Grant-funded research, started the Sandbar Oyster Company. They are marketing a green-gill oyster, a type of oyster that fetches top prices in Europe. These oysters are grown on a biodegradable substrate developed as part of their research supported by Sea Grant. They are growing their oysters on a biodegradable substrate they developed as part of their research on carbonate-boring sponges that was supported by Sea Grant. The duo has developed relationships with chefs and retailers in the U.S. who seek these special oysters. They are working to ramp up production in the next reporting period to be able to provide more oysters to interested parties.
Virginia Sea Grant Launches the USDA and NOAA-Supported Aquaculture Information Exchange Online Community Platform
The Aquaculture Information Exchange (AIE) online community platform website is now live and open for new user registrations. The AIE represents a joint effort between NOAA’s National Sea Grant Office, NOAA’s Fisheries Office of Aquaculture, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and Virginia Sea Grant.