Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Ocean Science and Engineering
Common-pool resources such as public oyster grounds are especially vulnerable to overexploitation and habitat loss. Like those elsewhere, oyster populations and habitat of Louisiana public grounds are in decline. To maintain reef habitat and increase oyster abundance, a sustainable harvest model is applied, which allows harvest above that required to maintain reef cultch stasis. The model is restrained to promote shell gain by limiting fishing by area, type (sack versus seed), effort, and season. Harvest quotas and cultch removal rates derived from shell-budget–based modeling are a foundation for sustainable management of public oyster resources.
Journal of Shellfish Research
Soniat, T. M.,
Cooper, N. A.,
Powell, E. N.
(2019). Prospects for the Sustainable Management of Public Oyster Resources. Journal of Shellfish Research, 38(2), 337-349.
Available at: https://aquila.usm.edu/fac_pubs/18031