Marine Extension personnel address aquaculture sustainability as it relates to several species and their environments. Louisiana Sea Grant’s coastal aquaculture audiences are primarily small businesses, cultivating or supporting production of mollusks, shellfish, crustaceans, finfish and reptiles.
Emphasis is given to water quality, coastal pond and impoundment management, specific species such as crawfish, and technology development. Through workshops, newsletters and personal contacts, Sea Grant agents and specialists communicate research findings to the aquaculture community and the concerns of aquaculturists to university researchers.
Oyster Research Lab
Louisiana Sea Grant’s Oyster Lab and the Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery on Grand Isle has both research and commercial-scale larval rearing capabilities. It is the largest oyster research lab along the United States’ Gulf of Mexico coast, based on larval rearing capacity.
Alternative Oyster Culture (AOC) Grant Program
AOC is when oysters are grown in floating cages or in bottom-placed cages attached to pylons. This method allows the cages to be raised and lowered to protect oysters from predators, fouling and the burial effects of disasters like hurricanes The goal of the grant program is to begin expanding AOC operations across the state. That includes establishing AOC seed nurseries and grow-out facilities, hatcheries, and areas legally designated as AOC Management Units (parks) that contain multiple farms in one location.