18-6: Applied Research for Shellfish Aquaculture
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 3: Spill Impact Component
The Gulf Consortium, in cooperation with its subrecipient, Manatee County is requesting $349,885 in Council-Selected Component funding for the Council approved Applied Research for Shellfish Aquaculture Project. Manatee County will partner with Gulf Shellfish Institute, Inc. (GSI), a non-profit organization and subrecipient to Manatee County, to conduct applied research that will lead to increased production and availability of locally grown, and sustainably produced shellfish (clams, oysters, scallops) for local markets. This research will be pivotal in maximizing the success of environmental restoration efforts in local waters through stock enhancement of local shellfish populations. The research needs being addressed were identified by stakeholders through a planning process undertaken in 2019 and 2020 (with Direct Component funding to Manatee County).