Monitoring Bay Scallop Recruitment

Monitoring Bay Scallop Recruitment_4

Monitoring Bay Scallop Recruitment

FWRI intern Lindsey O'Hern scans the outside of a recruitment collector for bay scallop (Argopecten irradians) spat.

FWRI scientists continually monitor bay scallop 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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