Management of husbandry practices to maintain water column environmental carrying capacity for bivalve culture



Related project: PARR-2011-G-04

Bivalves have an extraordinary filtration capacity that enables them to extract suspended food particles from the water column. Densely stocked bivalves can deplete available food particles faster than can be replaced through primary production and water renewal. Both industry and regulatory agencies recognize the need to identify the stocking density at which the demand for food particles is well matched to the supply. Simple standards and elaborate numerical models have been developed, but there are knowledge gaps, such as the influence of husbandry practices on the time it takes a population of cultivated bivalves to filter a body of water. This project will further the development of carrying capacity indicators for longline mussel farming areas by integrating husbandry practices (e.g., stocking density, farm configuration) into model simulations and predictions.






Shedding light on the effects of oyster farming

Program Name

Program for Aquaculture Regulatory Research (PARR)


2010 - 2013


Atlantic: Gulf of Maine, Scotian Shelf

Principal Investigator(s)

Luc Comeau
DFO, 343 Université, Moncton, NB E1C 9B6
Tel.: (506) 851-2723

Team Member(s)

Michel Starr, DFO-Québec region

Liliane St-Amand, DFO-Québec region

Thomas Guyondet, DFO-Gulf region

Rémi Sonier, DFO-Gulf region

Chris McKindsey, DFO-Québec region

Jon Grant, Dalhousie University

Ramon Filgueira, Dalhousie University

Rune Rosland, University of Bergen

Cédric Bacher, Ifremer