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Dr. Joth Davis

Specializing in Shellfish Culture Development

Dr. Joth Davis Dr. Joth Davis is currently serving the shellfish aquaculture community specializing in shellfish culture development. Dr. Davis is currently employed with Taylor Shellfish Company in Shelton, Washington, and works out of their modern hatchery facility located on Dabob Bay, Washington.

He also owns and operates a shellfish farm on Washington State's Hood Canal growing and marketing Pacific oysters, Manila clams, and is currently experimenting with growing commercial scale quantities of geoduck clams. Current research interests include nutritional, physiological and genetic aspects of larval rearing, large scale algal culture techniques and nursery rearing of clams, oysters, mussels, and scallops.

Current funded research projects developed at Taylor Shellfish Company include serving as the industry partner for a Western Regional Aquaculture Project (WRAC) project developing improved Pacific oyster broodstocks, a Washington Sea Grant-funded investigation of triploidy in geoduck clams, a Saltinstall-Kennedy project investigating the potential for offshore rock scallop cultivation and pending support for a continuation of USDA funded research on geoduck clam culture techniques.

Originally an Environmental Studies major (Colby College, B.A., 1976) and Masters of Environmental Studies (Yale University, 1982), Dr. Davis received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1994. Prior to that, he worked with a marine consulting company on Cape Cod, Massachusetts before beginning work in shellfish aquaculture with eastern oysters on Fishers Island in 1980.

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