Mudflat Aquaculture

  • Peter G. BeningerEmail author
  • Sandra E. Shumway
Part of the Aquatic Ecology Series book series (AQEC, volume 7)


It was probably an easy and inevitable transition from mudflat fishing to mudflat aquaculture in prehistoric times. Historical references date from the first century AD, and mudflat aquaculture is now practiced worldwide. Culture consists primarily of infaunal and epifaunal bivalve species, with the Manila clam (Tapes philippinarum), followed by the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas, as the most important species worldwide. In this chapter, production statistics and rearing practices are reviewed, and placed in context with environmental issues.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biologie Marine, MMS, Faculté des SciencesUniversité de NantesNantesFrance
  2. 2.Department of Marine SciencesUniversity of ConnecticutGrotonUSA

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