NC State University / College of Veterinary Medicine


Cultivation Methods

 Floating Baskets

 Table Cultivation

 Bottom Cultivation

Hanging Basket

Long-line Ropes

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 Table Oyster Cultivation bottom cultivationFloating Baskets1
line cultivation

Enteric Pathogens in Molluscan Shellfish in Puerto Rico:
An Integrated Approach.

One of the project goals is to educate Puerto Rican fisherman to farm their own oysters and build a commercial enterprise while taking care of their environment and natural resources. Puerto Rico has an abundance of mangroves and oysters (Crassostrea rhizophorae) but these precious animals are becoming scarce. Over-harvesting and pollution have decreased populations. In addition, fecal contamination places a risk of illness to consumers eating oysters harvested from these coastal areas.

Oysters have been farmed for thousands of years. Farming oysters provides the farmer with a source of income, but also has beneficial environmental value. Oysters filter the water column, and convert nutrients entering the surface waters in oyster biomass. Oyster farming in a sustainable manner also has broader local economic value. If successful, it can create jobs and boast the local economy.

The project proposes different methods for fisherman to start their own oyster farms and provides recommendations for grower cooperation with the government as they work to monitor oyster growing and harvesting areas. If these initiatives are implemented more likely local economies will prosper and the country’s natural resources, ocean water and habitats could be preserved.

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