Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Molluscan Ecology Program
Shellstring (Spatfall) Survey Step by Step Methods
A shellstring survey is developed for a waterbody to provide an estimate of a particular area within the waterbody, or the waterbody as a whole’s potential for receiving a “strike” or settlement (set) of oysters on the bottom. It can provide an estimate of larval supply in a given system and helps describe the timing of settlement events in a given year.
Oyster shellstring methods
Southworth, M. (2017) Shellstring Manual. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/reports/2066