In the 1980s, the Bivalve Research Program was part of the Harbor Branch Applied Science program, which helped establish the $15 million Florida clam culture industry through multiple training programs. The wet lab and culture research area is housed in the former clam seed production facility, which achieved a national reputation as an industry seed source until commercial hatcheries came online in 2006. More recent bivalve research has focused on the fields of culture and breeding, including genomic modifications of bivalves for breeding purposes and diversification of bivalve species for commercial applications.
For information on bivalve hatchery and nursery activities, contact Richard Baptiste.
For information on bivalve health, diagnostics, and histology, contact Dr. Susan Laramore.