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European Oysters

Techniques for Breeding and Rearing:

DEI has been working to master the culture of this important commercial species in the hatchery and nursery, as well as growing them to commercial sizes in the field. This includes broodstock conditioning, hatchery culture techniques that includes methods for rearing larvae at commercial densities, and developing nursery grow-out procedures. In addition, field trials with cultured juveniles are underway to examine techniques that will result in the production of commercial densities and sizes.

European oysters, also called flat oysters, were introduced to Maine in the 1950s as it was thought the species may be less susceptible to predation by European green crabs.

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