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Oyster Farming App Reaching Producers Nationwide

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is excited to announce a product that will be a handy tool in oyster production operations across the country. The Oyster Farming app is the newest free mobile app from Al…

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Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program

The Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program is a volunteer-based project that focuses on education, restoration/enhancement, and research by bringing the reef to the people.

Volunteers with access to waterfront property in Mobile or Baldwin …

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The Jubilee Phenomenon

Jubilee! This cry is eagerly awaited each summer by Mobile Bay residents. They are excited by the prospect of gigging hundreds of flounder or catching tubs of crabs in just a few hours.

Although jubilees have been reported in other areas…

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Shrimp in Alabama

Shrimp, along with crabs, lobsters, and crayfish, are among the kinds of invertebrates called decapods (ten feet) that are included in the class Crustacea. There are about 8,500 species of decapods, including 2,000 species of shrimp, in the…

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Red Drum in Alabama

Red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus, is one of 160 species of fish that scientists place in the drum family (Sciaenidae). Other drums familiar to Gulf Coast residents are the black drum, Atlantic croaker, spotted seatrout, white trout, and spot. …

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Mariculture: A Developing Industry

The terms mariculture and aquaculture are often used interchangeably, but they actually have different meanings. Aquaculture is a general term that refers to production of plants or animals in water in which the producer controls a minimum …

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Life History of the Gray Triggerfish

The gray triggerfish, Balistes capriscus, is one of the most abundant fishes along the northeast Gulf of Mexico. It is also one of the most unusual fishes in this region. They are not the typical streamlined fish, but are short and stout wi…

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Jellyfish in Alabama

Jellyfish are regular inhabitants of the saltwater bays, bayous, and Gulf beaches of Alabama. As many as sixty different kinds of jellyfish might be found in Alabama waters. However, only seven species are common: the sea nettle, moon jelly…

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Grilling Alabama Seafood

On any warm evening from spring through autumn, Alabama families take part in a generations-old tradition: the backyard cookout. Besides simply being a means of preparing food, “cooking out” or grilling can also be a form of recreation …

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Aquacultured Oysters

Archaeologists investigate oyster shell middens (piles of shucked oyster shells) to learn more about America’s earliest human inhabitants. Pottery and other artifacts found in middens provide evidence that Paleo Indians inhabited the coasta…

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