December 2, 2014
Contact: Shelley Dawicki
Shellfish Genetics at the Milford Laboratory
The Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Milford Laboratory in Milford, Connecticut, is recognized worldwide for innovative science and as a leader in aquaculture research. Its reputation has drawn collaborators, students, and postdoctoral scientists from across the U.S. and around the world.
Did you know that:
- federal researchers began studying oysters as early as 1919 in facilities on Milford Harbor?
- early interest in oysters led to studies of commercial bivalves such as clams, mussels, and the bay scallop?
- basic aquaculture techniques, known worldwide as the "Milford Method," became the standard for conditioning and spawning broodstock shellfish, for rearing their larvae and for artificial, year-round culture of their microalgal foods?
- the Lab has donated several hundred thousand bay scallops in the last decade to cities and towns, industry, scientists and other research groups, and to students for research projects?
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