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California Aquaculture History – Diversity – Potential. Randy Lovell – State Aquaculture Coordinator, cdfw. It Started with SALT …. San Francisco Bay Brine Shrimp and Salt Making. … and OYSTERS. $25M Industry much more potential. Archeological Shell Mounds ( San Francisco) .

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California AquacultureHistory – Diversity – Potential

Randy Lovell – State Aquaculture Coordinator, cdfw


It Started with SALT

San Francisco BayBrine Shrimp and Salt Making


… and OYSTERS

$25M Industry

much more potential

Archeological Shell Mounds (San Francisco)


OYSTER PIRACY

CA’s first Fish & Game Law


Diversity - Adversity – Opportunity

  • Diverse species raised & techniques used

  • Aquaculture in nearly every county (53 of 58)

  • Diverse markets served Seafood, Stocking & Enhancement, Pharma, Pets

  • Stringent regulatory environment = Lemonade ?Innovators have survived and carved niches


Learning from CA Agriculture

LEARN FROM HISTORY and WATCH FUTURE TRENDS

  • Scale is different

  • Markets niche-oriented

  • Lots of educating of consumers, regulators,and decision-makers needed


Specialization & High-Value Products

Controlled-environment

production facilities

High-health

shellfish seed

Ocean Acidification:

shellfish larvae deformities

Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin(KLH)

US Caviar Capital (Sacramento)

Spirulina &Algae BioFuels


When opportunity knocks

  • Huge Supply Shortfall vs. Demand

  • Demand for local production is growing…Connect with consumers directly Bring production closer to end consumer Emphasize CA’s strict environmental standards as advantage

CA Shellfish Initiative

  • Increase shellfish culture space & resources

  • Improve permitting efficiency

  • Collaborate with environmental & community stakeholders

  • Build Regionally - step by step

  • Strengthen coastal economies, working waterfronts,& build BLUE JOBS


Looking Ahead

Offshore Marine Aquaculture


Thank You

Randy Lovell

State Aquaculture Coordinator

CA Dept Fish & [email protected]


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