Near shore intertidal environments often present ideal conditions for cultivating shellfish; however, a critical problem for oyster farmers is the lack of a low impact versatile vehicle that allows them to efficiently transport oysters and gear to and from, and within, the farm and that would also provide a platform for production activities such as harvesting and sorting stocks. To overcome this problem, HSRL and partners designed, built and evaluated an Amphibious Farm Vehicle (AFV) customized for working an intertidal oyster farm. Central to the design was the desire for the vehicle to be low impact—quiet and environmentally friendly. The resultant manually operated AFV has increased the efficiency of farm operations, while minimizing environmental impacts on a small scale oyster farm in the lower Delaware Bay, NJ. To download a full report and design plans, please click HERE.
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