The Orange County Register highlights the work of Nancy Caruso, founder of Get Inspired Inc. With the goal of restoring populations of Green Abalone in Southern California; Nancy is collaborating with aquariums, classrooms, and aquaculture farmers. The long term project proposes to collect abalone brood stock, captive spawn, grow larvae to adult size, and then out-plant along the coast of Southern California.
As world demand for seafood continues to grow, so does demand for green aquaculture practices
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At the end of Fisherman’s Wharf #2 in Monterey, California there is a small building which houses the Monterey Abalone Company. In the morning chill, a smell of fresh fish and salt hangs in the mist. This the same wharf John Steinbeck walked while looking for a boat to take him and Ed “Doc” Ricketts to the Sea of Cortez in 1940. The small office inside is lined with counters that are cluttered with papers, shells, and instruments. In the deck there is a hatch that opens into a gaping hole.
James Moore is a shellfish pathologist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. He leads CDFW’s Shellfish Health Program and has been with the department since 1999, working at the Bodega Bay facility. Moore earned his B.A. degree in biology from UC Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in fisheries from the University of Washington. His dissertation focused on the characterization of an infectious cancer of mussels in the Pacific Northwest. As the state’s sole expert in shellfish disease, he considers it a privilege and a serious obligation to identify and address the issues of greatest concern for shellfish resources throughout the state.