In the US, Oceano Fresco visited the main marine research university institutes in the east coast.
These have a long history in bivalve selective breeding programs, mainly in oysters and clams. Namely, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (Rutgers – New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station), Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and Florida Sea Grant Extension (University of Florida).
In New Jersey, Oceano Fresco had also a meeting with 4Cs Breeding Technologies, which is the leading company selling tetraploid oyster broodstocks to hatcheries worldwide. 4Cs Breeding Technologies held the patent to create natural triploids from 1997 to 2015.
Hatchery in Virginia
Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
Florida Sea Grant Extension (University of Florida)