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Alabama’s shellfish aquaculture industry produces oysters through off-bottom farming using an adjustable long-line system and floating cages. The first farm started in 2012, and although jobs have been created, the economic value has been limited. An anonymous survey of Alabama operators is conducted each year to determine the industry’s situation and outlook. 

All survey values are compiled so individual responses will not be revealed. Total values are based solely on responses provided and, thus, may be underestimated. The survey was modeled after the shellfish aquaculture survey program conducted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Sea Grant and the Rutgers University New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and New Jersey Sea Grant.


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