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Even though aragocrete/oystercrete is thousands of times more porous that natural rocks and not no where near as heavy as the next closest type of live rock(the florida aquacultured) they are still fairly heavy for aquarium use.
We started testing various types of materials for using in our aragocrete/oystercrete to help lighten up the rocks(…)
In 1976, Congress passed the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson Act), which established a management system to more effectively use the marine fishery resources of the United States. As amended in 1986, the Magnuson Act required regional fishery management councils to evaluate the effects of habitat loss or degradation on their fishery stocks
(borrowed from NOAA website)
Overharvesting, habitat destruction, pollution, and disease have reduced native oyster populations to less than one percent of historic levels. The tremendous decline has caused the loss of the three-dimensional oyster reef structures which provide essential fish habitat for oysters as well as other shellfish, finfish, and blue crabs.
Had a rather large set of thunderstorms blow thru the area over the past few days, so this gives us our first chance to see how our rocks weathered thru the rough sea’s.
As was hopefull, most all of the rocks were in same condition as left originally. The visibility was rather poor at maybe(…)
Just came back from offshore reef that belongs to a friend of mine. We hand placed a little over 50 pcs of aragocrete/oystercrete for a visual watch and testing the longterm growth rates of organisms, algae’s, crustaceans, fish life and anything else that occurs.
These pieces of aragocrete and oystercrete were placed on an old fishing(…)
Finally after testing over 40 different recipies finally came up with a recipie that after being cured correctly holds it shape, retains great strength and has plenty of surface area and voids to encourage massive amounts of micro and macro algae growths.
These rocks when in testing on a friends existing reef had started growing organisms(…)
This is a brief outline of some of our first manmade rocks created back in 2004, as taken from our original notes and studies.
Created my first test rocks today using aragonite sand in two different grades, oyster shells, and portland cement.
The first several batches were trial and error, learning very quickly that the amount of(…)
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org
Citation: 2009 Reno, Nevada, June 21 – June 24, 2009 096048.
Authors: Steven G Hall, Daniel Dehon, Robert Beine, Matthew Campbell, Tyler Ortego, Michael Turley
Keywords: Aquacultural engineering; artificial reefs; biological engineering; ecological engineering; oyster culture; sustainability
Bioengineered reefs have been developed that enhance natural(…)
| April 01, 2004 | Lenihan, Hunter S.; Peterson, Charles H. | COPYRIGHT 2004 National Marine Fisheries Service. This material is published under license from the publisher through the Gale Group, Farmington Hills, Michigan. All inquiries regarding rights should be directed to the Gale Group. (Hide copyright information) (…)
I had the first pre-permit meeting with the Mississippi Dept. of Marine Resources and various other involved dept’s. to cover and discuss overall program and give information and get feedback on setting this program up as an aquaculture program and any requirements needed for said program from each dept.
A few of the dept’s. at the(…)
MOSQUITO POINT Scientists got a rare look at sunken treasure yesterday as they eagerly watched a man-made oyster reef emerge
“Shellfish Reefs at Risk” analysis shows habitat loss has widespread impacts for ecosystems and economies, identifies solutions for bringing oyster reefs back from the brink
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — May 21, 2009 — Today, The Nature Conservancy released the first-ever comprehensive global report on the state of shellfish at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Washington,
Within these pages and post’s youll find generalized information, idea’s and just daily notes as they have come about in the process and enrichment of the OysterCrete program.
We will slowly be converting all of our notes and journal’s from the past several years over to this public use Journal.