Shellfish Research Lab

The Shellfish Research Laboratory is a leader in the fields of shellfish aquaculture, biology and ecology through its research and development of fisheries management techniques.


UGA Marine Extension on Skidaway Island, GA

The Shellfish Research Laboratory strives to contribute significant knowledge to the development and promotion of environmentally friendly aquaculture industries, and is also available to assist citizens through the associated permitting, regulations and licensing process.

Shellfish Research Laboratory
20 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411
Phone: (912) 598-2348 /
Fax: (912) 598-2399

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The UGA Shellfish Research Laboratory contributes studies, training and new technology to support the development economically viable and environmentally friendly aquaculture industries. The UGA Shellfish Lab is home to the state’s first oyster hatchery, which launched in fall 2015. It is expected to produce between five and six million spat, or baby oysters, per year by 2018, which will be worth an estimated $1.6 million when harvested.

The Shellfish Research Laboratory has seawater and tank systems to hold brood stock, four walk-in temperature controlled rooms and illuminated temperature controlled chambers for maintaining stock algal cultures and mass algal rearing systems.

A greenhouse facility was constructed in 1990 to provide a location for economical grow-out of algal cultures.

The Shellfish Research Lab complex has a number of small Carolina Skiffs available for field use.

Visiting the Shellfish Research Lab is easy! We would love to see you there!

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