Growth of the American Oyster, Crassostrea Virginica (Gmelin) in Florida Waters
Abstract:Basic growth curves remained the same despite seasonal environmental changes. Oysters setting in the fall had very nearly the same growth pattern as those which attached in the spring. Minor aberrations in all states of growth were encountered in areas of good growing conditions but the fundamental pattern did not differ. Oysters which had been periodically exposed exhibited rapid growth when transferred to places where they remained covered by water at all times. Those which continued to be exposed had a diminished growth rate. Coon bars which exist in Apalachicola Bay support an inferior, small oyster because the individual oysters are exposed at low tide. Extremely long and intensive spawning seasons did not alter the basic growth pattern. Growth was continuous throughout the year. Oysters of Apalachicola Bay which are of low glycogen content and presumably low vigor (possibly induced by rapidly fluctuating salinities) showed remarkably rapid growth rates.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 1952
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