Tasks Accomplished: 1) Administration and Bookkeeping
1) Administration and Bookkeeping
Principal Investigator Richard Karney signed the NFWF project agreement 16. March, 1999. Letters documenting non-federal cash matching funds from the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture, and in-kind donations from Dr. Dale Leavitt of the SouthEastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center and the five participant fishermen/growers were submitted to Gris Batchelder at NFWF on 18. February, 1999. A Time Sheet form for documenting the in-kind labor donations of the growers was prepared and reproduced for distribution.
Diane Leonard Bookkeeping opened a separate bank account for the project at the Martha’s Vineyard Cooperative Bank and transferred funds from the MVSG general account to provide start-up capital for the project.
On 14. May, 1999, the first Financial Report for the project was filed. Shortly thereafter, a check for $5,255 in non-federal matching money from the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture was received and transferred to NFWF. The first Progress Report was submitted in November 1999.
In February of 2000 upon request of the PI, the project grant period was extended from 28. February, 2000 through 31. August, 2000.
.In July of 1999 and 2000, accountants with Fulchino and Co. conducted annual reviews of MVSG books for FY99 and FY00 including NFWF project funds.
Principal Investigator Karney gave a slide presentation of the NFWF project entitled "Design of a Floating Hatchery and Performance Data for a Modified Tidal Upweller Nursery" at the Aquaculture Session of the 2000 Long Island Fishermen’s Forum on 21. January 2000 and at the Advances in Shellfish Production session of the World Aquaculture Society conference, Aquaculture 2000, in New Orleans on 5. February, 2000. Mr. Karney gave a similar presentation of the project titled "Shellfish Production in the Blake Floating Hatchery and in Modified Tidal Upweller Nurseries in 1999" at the National Marine Fisheries Service’s 20th Annual Milford Aquaculture Seminar in Connecticut on 23. February 2000. The abstracts from this meeting were published in the Journal of Shellfish Research, Vol. 19, No. 1, 563-584, 2000. Copies are attached.
Grower Tom Berry posted slides and information about the project on his website www.vineyardshellfish.com which was launched in December 1999. Mr. Karney more recently presented information about the project when he spoke at the session "Aquaculture Update: Inshore Systems for Clams & Oysters" at Fish Expo in Providence, RI on 13. October 2000. Mr. Karney is scheduled to include results of the 2000 growout trials of the tidal upweller in presentations at the Oyster Production Technologies session of the Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Expo 2000 in Portland, ME on 9. December, and at the annual Milford Aquaculture Seminar in February, 2001.
The slide presentations have stimulated interest in the design and have resulted in requests for design plans from other fishers and researchers. Efforts are underway to disseminate the information developed in this project to a wider audience via the internet. Under funding from the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture, Jack Blake, the designer of the upweller nursery, will be drawing up blueprints for the nursery before the end of this year which, together with this Final Program Report, will be posted on the MVSG website www.mvshellfishgroup.org and the Massachusetts Dept. of Agriculture’s site www.massdfa.org/aquaculture.