Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Department/Program

Molluscan Ecology Program

Publication Date



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



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