TitleSpraying deterrent stimuli as a treatment method for the prevention of biofouling caused by the mudworm Polydora ligni webster on New Jersey oyster farms
NameGaine, Edward (author), Saidel, William (chair), Shain, Daniel (internal member), Vagelli, Alejandro (internal member), Rutgers University, Camden Graduate School,
Polydora cornuta--Biological control --New Jersey,
Oyster culture--New Jersey,
Fouling organisms--New Jersey
DescriptionShellfish aquaculture, like all aquaculture, struggle with the recurring nuisance and pest of bio-fouling. Rack-and-bag oyster farms along the Delaware Bay shoreline of New Jersey fight a particular bio-fouling caused by the mudworm, Polydora ligni. Although methods of contending with the mud excreted by this worm on aquaculture equipment have been tried and are utilized, little work on preventative or proactive treatments has been conducted. This proposed study addresses this deficiency by attempting to find deterrent stimuli for the Polydora Mudworm applied by means of a spray. The proposed study will conduct trials of various solutions in a laboratory setting leading to field testing of the successful lab trials. By focusing on the natural thresholds for deterrence as applied by spray, the groundwork is laid for further exploration in environmental friendly pesticides for field use in aquaculture while still saving the farmer money in labor and crop losses.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Edward "Ned" Gaine
CollectionCamden Graduate School Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.