ECSGA Library

Photo by Tuomo Lindfors

Welcome to our collection of links to a wide variety of publications on shellfish, aquaculture, and related topics.

A team of authors with more than 120 years of combined experience in marine aquaculture regulations and production published a paper in the Nov. 2021 issue of  Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture entitled, Refuting Marine Aquaculture Myths, Unfounded Criticisms and Assumptions . The authors show how detrimental allegations about offshore aquaculture farming and regulations have corrupted public support, even though sustainable domestic aquaculture development is a critical component to achieving greater U.S. seafood security in the future. Some of these myths include: inadequate regulatory oversight; portraying  farms as being high density factories unconcerned with food waste, untreated discharge and use of antibiotic and antifungal treatments; entanglement of marine mammals; impacts on wild stocks and habitats; use of feed additives to pigment fish flesh; unsustainable use of fish meal in feed formulations; potential market disruption by producing cheap, low-quality products; and the inability of commercial farmers and commercial fishers to coexist as for-profit businesses.

Read a paper by Lawrence Rudner on Developing an Efficient Oyster Sorting Schedule.

Read a fact sheet from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension about Mud Blister Worms and Oyster Aquaculture.

Read a paper on Salinity Tolerance of the Oyster Mudworm, Polydora websteri.

Read the 1992 paper, The Influence of Intertidal Height on Growth, Mortality and Haplosporidium nelsoni Infection in MSX-Mortality-Resistant Eastern Oysters.

Read the October 2014 report titled, Economic Activity Associated with Commercial Fisheries and Shellfish Aquaculture in Northampton County, Virginia, by Thomas J. Murray of Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Sea Grant-Affiliated Extension.

In January 2012, the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research released the Connecticut Shellfisheries Mapping Atlas (version 3.0).  Developed in collaboration with the Conn. Sea Grant Extension Program and the Conn. Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Aquaculture, this interactive online map is designed to help Connecticut's shellfish industry and resource managers with planning and management of shellfisheries activity, including commercial and recreational harvesting, as well as aquaculture.

View the results of the 2009 Virginia shellfish aquaculture crop reporting survey, Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture Situation and Outlook Report.

Visit the aquaculture reading room of the National Agricultural Law Center for exhaustive compilations of major statutes, regulations, case law, Congressional research service reports, law bibliography, and many more reference resources.

View an annotated bibliography compiled by ECSGA Executive Director Bob Rheault, entitled Shellfish Aquaculture Interactions with the Environment - Selected References with some Annotations

Download the 2004 manual published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), entitled: Hatchery Culture of Bivalves - A Practical Manual.