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2018-2020 Research Projects

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Project R/CF-23: Innovative fish ageing methods for rapid detection of climate-driven changes in population demography.

Joseph Quattro, Michelle Passerotti, University of South Carolina, and Joseph Ballenger, S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Researchers will assess Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Aspartic Acid Racemization as methods to determine the age of fish ear bones and vertebrae. The ability to quickly detect changes in age and growth trajectories of fish is a key to successfully managing them. Current methods are time-consuming and make real-time management more challenging. Full Project Description

Project R/A-36: Examining the social carrying capacity for mariculture development in coastal South Carolina.

William Norman, Laura Duffy, Jeffrey Hallo, Laura Jodice, Clemson University. Research has indicated South Carolina residents and tourists support clam mariculture, but little research has been done on the acceptability of the more visible infrastructure of oyster mariculture in the state’s waterways. Researchers will survey coastal homeowners and waterway users about their views on the expanding industry. Full Project Description