Event Title

Characterizing nearshore communities associated with bivalve aquaculture in Puget Sound: an underwater video pilot study

Presentation Abstract

The marine, inter-tidal zone is optimal habitat for bivalve aquaculture, eelgrass, and other valuable nearshore habitat. The sustainable development of bivalve (oysters, clams) aquaculture in Puget Sound can be informed by an improved understanding of the ecological functions provided by aquaculture sites, relative to natural habitat. A first step is to characterize the fish and large crab communities that associate with aquaculture sites to determine if these communities differ:1) from natural nearshore eelgrass, mud flat, or sand habitat, (2) between grow-out gear types (e.g., longline, on-bottom), and (3) between sub-basins of Puget Sound. Additionally, underwater video (GoPro cameras) was evaluated as a tool to answer these questions. Results will be presented along with continuing research on aquaculture-ecological interactions, and the use of underwater video to advance outreach and education efforts on this topic.

Session Title

Posters: Habitat Restoration & Protection

Conference Track

SSE18: Posters

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE18-74

Start Date

5-4-2018 11:30 AM

End Date

5-4-2018 1:30 PM

Type of Presentation

Poster

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Language

English

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Characterizing nearshore communities associated with bivalve aquaculture in Puget Sound: an underwater video pilot study

The marine, inter-tidal zone is optimal habitat for bivalve aquaculture, eelgrass, and other valuable nearshore habitat. The sustainable development of bivalve (oysters, clams) aquaculture in Puget Sound can be informed by an improved understanding of the ecological functions provided by aquaculture sites, relative to natural habitat. A first step is to characterize the fish and large crab communities that associate with aquaculture sites to determine if these communities differ:1) from natural nearshore eelgrass, mud flat, or sand habitat, (2) between grow-out gear types (e.g., longline, on-bottom), and (3) between sub-basins of Puget Sound. Additionally, underwater video (GoPro cameras) was evaluated as a tool to answer these questions. Results will be presented along with continuing research on aquaculture-ecological interactions, and the use of underwater video to advance outreach and education efforts on this topic.