Category Archives: ABC Director’s Blog

Adventures in low salinity

December 5, 2013 ABC recently completed a study comparing 13 different constructs of triploids with their diploid counterparts.  There were a couple of bottom lines.  First, location, location, location.  The relative value of triploids is highly dependent on where they … Continue reading

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The OAT experience: Graduation 5.0

November 12, 2013 About six years ago, a representative for a generous (anonymous) donor in the Chesapeake Bay area visited ABC to see what contributions we were making to the Bay’s welfare.  About that time, the vital industry we have … Continue reading

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The case for a research hatchery

Recently, VIMS forwarded their annual capital request to Richmond, which included a general description of a new shellfish hatchery.  In short, ABC has grown out of the facilities it has now.  What do we have now?  The building that houses … Continue reading

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The REU Contribution

Does it matter that some of the tetraploids the hatcheries are using to make triploids are mosaics?  Does it affect the nature of the larvae? Are there alternative means of inducing tetraploidy from triploid eggs besides the fairly toxic cytochalasin … Continue reading

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Spawning season at KAC

As I carefully wash a thousand larvae down into the corner of a mesh screen, sized to catch tetraploid eyed larvae, I think about how ridiculous this must look to anyone who has cultured larvae before.  A thousand?  Really?  A … Continue reading

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Spawning Season at Gloucester Point

Individual families are kept in their own mini-downwellers before moving out to the nursery when they reach 1-2mm. Our spawning season at ABC gets off to a later start than for commercial hatcheries.  But when we do, the scope of … Continue reading

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Industry on a different scale

I am writing this from my Spartan hotel accommodation in Tongyoung city in the southern part of South Korea.  Early morning is a good time to write because my biological clock is exactly opposite the actual time here.  The Tongyoung … Continue reading

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Maintenance

Changing oil, winterizing, cleaning – not the most glamorous of activities, but arguably among the most important for sustaining operations.  In a sense, “maintenance” is the origin of this blog – maintenance of communications, that is. ABC has had an … Continue reading

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Maintenance

Changing oil, winterizing, cleaning – not the most glamorous of activities, but arguably among the most important for sustaining operations.  In a sense, “maintenance” is the origin of this blog – maintenance of communications, that is. ABC has had an … Continue reading

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