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Effect of Algal Blooms on Oysters

Oyster aquaculture could be inpacted by harmful algal blooms. ©Mike Oesterling/VASG

Oyster aquaculture could be inpacted by harmful algal blooms. ©Mike Oesterling/VASG

Harmful algal blooms occur regularly in the Chesapeake Bay, and these blooms could have negative effects on oysters grown for human consumption and for restoration. Kimberly Reece, Wolfgang Vogelbein, Thomas Harris, and Ryan Carnegie, all from VIMS, will study the effects of algal bloom toxins on larval and adult oysters. By understanding the toxicity of these chemicals, oyster growers and restorers can decide whether to relocate or temporarily remove their oysters from the water during blooms with particularly harmful organisms.

Funded by the Virginia Sea Grant Program Development Fund

Project Details: Kimberly Reece (VIMS), Wolfgang Vogelbein (VIMS), Thomas Harris (VIMS), and Ryan Carnegie (VIMS). Assessing the impacts of emerging harmful algal bloom species on shellfish restoration and aquaculture in Chesapeake Bay.