Effluent Management includes the integration of intensive marine finfish culture with the nursery culture of marine bivalve mollusks to reduce the nutrient composition of RAS effluent and to develop efficient techniques for producing bivalves for stock enhancement and habitat restoration projects. Converting expensive nitrogen and solid waste into a valuable product will increase overall profit for the farmer, while reducing environmental pollution. Current research focuses on RAS effluent-based culture of Isochrysis galbana and Tetraselmis suecica and wild phytoplankton in polyculture with the eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica and the hard clam Mercenaria mercenaria. Other trials include using saltmarsh plants such as Salicornia sp. for effluent mitigation.
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