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GRANT NUMBER:  NA77FD0061           NMFS NUMBER:  96-SER-001

REPORT TITLE:  Assessment of Ark Populations in the Whelk and Calico Scallop Fishing Grounds off the Coasts of Georgia and Florida to Determine Distribution, Abundance, and Potential Commercial Fishery Development of the Cut-Ribbed Ark (Anadara floridana) and Other Promising Commercial Ark Species

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ABSTRACT

This study surveyed wild ark populations to determine potential commercial fishery development in Georgia.  Most ark beds occurred in closed waters that have not been certified by the State of Georgia for the harvest of shellfish.  The ark beds are limited in size and could be easily overfished.  In addition, density is generally low, so commercial harvest probably is not economically feasible.  However, two ark species, the blood ark (Anadara ovalis) and the incongruous ark (A. brasiliana), demonstrated rapid growth and relatively large size.  These species show potential for use in marine aquaculture.

 
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