The life cycle of the oyster begins with a free-swimming larval stage that eventually attaches to a hard substrate forming an oyster spat. The spat commences a growth period that is classified into sub-adult and adult phases.
Photos of the last measurement at the Oyster site, on May 23 2013. Project coordinator, marine biologist Lauren Flynn.
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Estuary, Feb. 8, 2012
The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve -Oyster Conservation Project.
Project Coordinator Lauren Flynn.
A friendly ecosystem of over forty species surround this large musculus marine phylum; a large and different setting that the one I saw only nine months ago, when I promenaded at the banks of the GTM estuary. Under the close management of Lauren Flynn, this project evolves, and a new set of reefs will be added next weekend (too bad I’ll be in Abaco). At the present stage of growth the oyster population is healthy, clad with other invertebrates, and in twelve months they will reach full maturity.
Tested the Intova IC 14 underwater camera last weekend in the Bahamas. So far great results on acutance, detail, hue, gamma control, filtration, telephoto zoom, macro, panoramic, video and intelligent scene mode .
Light weight underwater case and flexible flash unit … looking forward to the underwater Abaco expedition and GreyCliff photo shoot, in two weeks.
See below a depiction of an area of a coral reef by using the tele-zoom (photo 2).
Taking a walk to Bay street?
With each encounter over a span of forty years, this novelty consistently elicits new perspectives and inspirations…
“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite. ”
― Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Day 60 – Oyster Reefs Measurements
|Lead Project Manager
Marine Biologist, Lauren M. Flynn
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Florida
Department of Environmental Protection
Ponte Vedra, Florida
Back at the farm after a long summer … get out of the a.c., and take a deep breath of fresh air, smell of earth – you realize how peaceful and tranquil all is: Autumn leaves, insects flying, seeds germinating, sun rays on your face … I am staying!.
The Veterans Farm is expanding 6.5 acres, new plantation of mushrooms, new line of hot peppers, white grapes coming along, the blueberries’ buds are breaking out, Tilapia production, and other aquatic species, all happening this Fall.
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