Journal of Shellfish Research
The pearl oyster fishery of Kuwait was monitored daily from January 1989 to May 1990. Landings of pearl oysters in 1989 totaled 287 tons with a market value of U.S. $1.0 million. Commercial pearls (>3 mm) were estimated to be present in one of every 4200 oysters. Most of the pearl oysters landed were new recruits with hinge lengths between 40-56 mm. There was a curvilinear relationship between total weight and size of oysters (length) and the sex ratio approached 1:1. Spawning occurs throughout the year, with a spat settlement peak in early fall. Over the size range examined there was no relationship between the size of oysters and the size of pearls and subsequent resource management strategies are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Almatar, S.M., Carpenter, K.E., Jackson, R., Alhazeem, S.H., Alsaffar, A.H., Ghaffar, A.R.A., & Carpenter, C. (1993). Observations on the pearl oyster fishery of Kuwait. Journal of Shellfish Research, 12(1), 35-40.
Almatar, S. M.; Carpenter, Kent E.; Jackson, R.; Alhazeem, S. H.; Alsaffar, A. H.; Ghaffar, A. R. A.; and Carpenter, C., "Observations on the Pearl Oyster Fishery of Kuwait" (1993). Biological Sciences Faculty Publications. 71.