Monitoring Bay Scallop Recruitment

Monitoring Bay Scallop Recruitment_2

Monitoring Bay Scallop Recruitment

FWRI biologist Anthony Vasilas prepares to deploy a recruitment collector.

FWRI scientists continually monitor bay scallop (Argopecten irradians) spat recruitment in the Gulf of Mexico by deploying collectors. Recruitment collectors are composed of a citrus bag weighted to a concrete block and float-array. The citrus bags emulates seagrass which spat will attach to. These traps are switched out every 6-8 weeks and the number of spat are recorded.

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