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Webinar: Collections of Young Ocean Quahogs: Lessons Learned From the Newest Recruits of the World's Longest-Living Metazoan
Thursday, 16 May 2019, 12:00
Thursday, May 16, 2019. 12:00PM. Webinar: Collections of Young Ocean Quahogs: Lessons Learned From the Newest Recruits of the World's Longest-Living Metazoan. Chase Long, NOAA Office of the Chief Information Officer. Sponsored by NOAA Central Library. More information here.
Ocean quahogs are a very long-lived species of bivalve, with a maximum lifespan exceeding 500 years. Growth signatures in their shells have been used to study the climate dating back thousands of years, yet relatively little is known about the growth rates or age at maturity of recent recruits. Given their economic importance as a commercially-fished species, collections of recent recruits were targeted for examination of age at maturity and growth rates in support of sustainable fishery management. Evidence suggests that growth rates are increasing along with warming ocean waters, and individuals appear to be reaching maturity at a younger age than previously understood.