Open Shell’s strengths rest in our ability to create and exclusively license significant intellectual property that will change the productivity of the shellfish aquaculture industry.
OpenShell is developing focused technological solutions that:
- Address mortality and morbidity of product,
- Expand the sales of seed and larvae through the introduction of micro-hatcheries, and
- improve broodstock lines.
One Million Oysters a Week
Shellfish aquaculture in Maryland is relatively small and assorted. It tends to act in terms of a collection of businesses as opposed to an industry. To become an industry, it faces challenges from such varied sources as social opposition, problematic leasing and permitting systems, and stakeholder conflicts.
The solution starts with the question: What would it take to get to one million oysters a week? We apply that question to the entire system identifying bottlenecks that constrain growth. OpenShell then develops a matrix of ordered solutions based on those challenges.
OpenShell was selected to present to the first ever AgPitch on December 1 at the Rural Maryland Council Conference. OpenShell was one of five finalists who were selected among a large pool of applicants to present to a panel of judges and a live audience for a grand prize. AgPitch was sponsored by MidAtlantic Farm Credit. MidAtlantic Farm Credit, serving rural America for over 100 years, is dedicated to the agriculture industry and community support.
OpenShell thanks AgPitch and the MidAtlantic Farm credit for this opportunity. “It was a great learning experience,” said, OpenShell founder, Kelton Clark.
Government and academic support for the shellfish industry has focused on growing oysters in the water. This emphasis has created a bottle neck in the supply chain that restricts industry growth. Further, support and advice for production methods comes from a limited number of sources, limiting the development of best management practices. We will infrastructure and production support that removes bottlenecks to production and growth