Current Geoduck Research
Geoduck Aquaculture Research Program 2007 – 2013
Research Goal: Examine the possible effects, including cumulative effects, of the current prevalent geoduck aquaculture techniques and practices on the natural environment in and around Puget Sound, including the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The Geoduck Aquaculture Research Program is supported by the Washington geoduck aquaculture research account and aims to address the specific research priorities stated in SSHB220 2007-08. Projects supported in the 2007 – 2009 biennium were selected by WSG via a rigorous peer-review process. The following three projects were recommended for funding:
- Geochemical and Ecological Consequences of Disturbances Associated with Geoduck Aquaculture Operations in Washington
- Cultured-Wild Geoduck Interactions
- Resilience of Soft-Sediment Communities after Geoduck Harvest in Samish Bay, Washington
An additional call to address the effects of geoduck aquaculture on the water column will be released in the 2009 – 2011 biennium. Support for the program in the 2009 – 2011 and 2011 – 2013 biennia is dependent on project progress reviews and the availability of state funding.
Additional Geoduck Research
Washington Sea Grant also funds research that focuses on the dynamics and potential effects of interactions between farmed and wild populations of geoduck clams.