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Invasive Species Development Project (2007-08)



The PEI aquaculture industry, and in particular the mussel industry continues to be heavily impacted as a result of fouling from invasive tunicate species. The tunicates are causing very serious problems in both the growing and processing sectors of the cultured mussel industry. In particular, the vase tunicate has resulted in substantial crop losses on some leases.

Through the application of scientific knowledge /findings this project will assist the industry in the development of equipment and techniques in an attempt to reduce the impact from the tunicate fouling and provide a forum to bring industry members together to develop and share new ideas and concepts.

Program Name

Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP)


2007 - 2008


Atlantic: Gulf of St. Lawrence, St. Lawrence Estuary

Principal Investigator(s)

Thomas Landry


Containment and Mitigation of Nuisance Tunicates on Prince Edward Island to Improve Mussel Farm Productivity

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