Use of Lime in Controlling Starfish

Use of Lime in Controlling Starfish

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The starfish (Asterias forbesi Desor) is one of the most destructive enemies of shellfish on the Atlantic coast of North America, the extent of its damange to the oyster industry of Long Island Sound alone being estimated at $500, 000 a year. Efforts to eradicate the pest, though made for at least a century, have been largely unavailing.The voracity of starfish can easily be observed under laboratory conditions if the animals are kept in a favorable environment. Experiments conducted at Milford Laboratory have shown that a medium-sized starfish may destroy as many as 5 one-year-old oysters in 1 day. In one ... The areas that produced large numbers of young oysters produced almost equally large numbers of their enemies. At someanbsp;...

Title:Use of Lime in Controlling Starfish
Author:Victor Lyon Loosanoff, James B. Engle
Publisher: - 1942


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