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Delaware Bay

Delaware Bay
Doubling Times for Vibrio parahaemolyticus in Long Island Sound Oysters

Doubling Time of Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) in Delaware Bay Oysters

Vibro parahaemolyticus has one of the fastest growth rates of all estuarine bacteria, and the population can replace itself, or double every hour at 90°C. This product uses local NWS gridded forecasts of air temperature from the National Digital Forecast Database to force a statistical growth rate equation (USFDA 2005) for Vp. The spatially explicit graphical display allows users to determine where and when the highest doubling times will occur every hour, out to 7 days in advance to plan harvest and refrigeration strategies.

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Best Harvest Windows, Delaware Bay

Best Harvest Windows

The Vp doublings given different cooling strategies are shown for growing areas in Delaware Bay. These graphs allow users to determine where and when the highest doubling times will occur in advance to plan harvest and cooling strategies.

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As a work in progress, current Vibrio models displayed here are considered experimental products, and thus NOAA will not be held liable from issues arising from their interpretation and use.