Dr Heather Hamlin of The University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute, and Robert Bishop of Atlantic Pacific Marine Farms have been awarded $17,011 by MTI for abalone research.
Pacific abalone are a high value aquaculture species that are about to be reared in Maine for the first time. To make the growing of abalone a sustainable business in this area, where they are not native and brood stock are difficult to obtain, a process is required for repeatedly spawning brood stock in a captive environment. The development of protocols for repeat conditioning
and spawning of captive abalone will allow for additional growers within Maine to expand into this high-value aquaculture product that has a large market potential within the US and globally.