Sunray Venus Clams

Facilities

Overview                      

Sunray Venus LLC is the first commercial facility producing both hatchery and nursery SRV seed since 2008.









Nursery                        





Grow Out                 



Hatchery                                                    

SV LLC has been supplying the highest quality quahog seed to growers across the state for 18 years.  Collectively, our staff has over 38  years of experience developing and perfecting bivalve hatchery protocols for numerous species. 

In the hatchery stage we use environmental manipulation to spawn mature broodstock Sunray Venus Clams.  We care for the resulting larvae through settlement, at which point we have millions of small clams (<1mm!).

SV LLC is a pioneer in the bivalve industry.  Since 2005, we have paired with several universities, state, and oceanographic entities with spawning the Eastern Oyster (Crassotrea virginica) for restoration and aquaculture purposes. We are also the first to successfuly conduct a breeding program which resulted in the superior hybrid Northern/Southern Quahog (Mercenaria mercenaria X Mercenaria camphichiensis). In the warm waters of Florida, our hybrids grow faster, have higher survival, and are more stress tolerant than the Northern Quahog.
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