Eastern oyster growth model calibrated for Great Bay.

Developed and implemented by Joao G. Ferreira and Camille Saurel; growth data, driver data, and culture practice from Phil Trowbridge, Ray Grizzle, and Suzanne Bricker.

This is a one box model for an idealized farm with one million oysters seeded (one hectare @ a stocking density of 100 oysters per square meter)

1. Run WinShell individual growth model for one year with Great Bay growth drivers;

2. Determine the scope for growth (in dry tissue weight per day) for oysters centered on the five weight classes)

3. Apply a classic population dynamics equation:

dn(s,t)/dt = -d[n(s,t)g(s,t)]/ds - u(s)n(s,t)

s: Weight (g)

t: Time

n: Number of individuals of weight s

g: Scope for growth (g day-1)

u: Mortality rate (day-1)

4. Set mortality at 30% per year, slider allows scenarios from 30% to 80% per year

5. Determine harvestable biomass, i.e. weight class 5, 40-50 g (roughly three inches length)