Pinto Abalone

       
Pinto abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana) at Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward, AK. National Geographic.

Pinto abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana) at Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward, AK. National Geographic.

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    The goal of this project is to develop systems to produce healthy juveniles for researchers to use for in situ studies to further the concept of stock enhancement for the Pinto Abalone.   Abalone populations in Alaska have been declining for many decades. Developing hatchery technology on Alaskan abalone may create an opportunity to use stock enhancement as a tool to protect small isolated stocks. This would be the first attempt to use “Conservation aquaculture” in Alaska to protect a species that is currently listed as a “Species of Concern”. A small group of NOAA Scientists, ADFG Biologists and University researchers have formed a group with the common interest of abalone aquaculture and stock enhancement. The success of this project should create momentum with the group to dedicate more resources to advancing conservation aquaculture. The Chugach Regional Resources Commission and the staff at Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery are dedicated to this project. The Hatchery has designed a research module, purchased filters and tanks and invested operational funds to begin this effort which is currently unfunded.   We thank Adam & Amos Abalone Foods PTY LTD, Australia for their generous support in providing abalone feed. http://www.adamamos.com/    

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