Developing Bivalve Culture to Diversify and Position Hawaii as a Supplier of Safe, Premium, Edible Shellfish Products, Years 1 and 2
|University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program
- Determine which Hawaiian bivalve species represent the best potential for culture. Conduct preliminary spawning, hatchery, nursery, and growout trials in a laboratory setting for three native Hawaiian species determined as having the most potential.
- Determine whether permits can be obtained to culture established, non-native bivalves in open waters, and, if successful, conduct growout trials with these species in fishponds.
- Building on preliminary efforts, conduct a study to collect economic and market data on bivalves for mainland United States, Asia, and Europe.
- Develop two pilot bivalve growout sites on Moloka`i for use in demonstration growth trials and as possible future commercial growout sites.
- Technology transfer, including publication of hatchery and growout manuals on Hawaiian bivalve culture.