Trial could lead to commercial shellfish hatchery18th November 2015
The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre and Highlands & Islands Enterprise have announced a trial to test the commercial viability of a mussel hatchery in Scotland. The project could lead to higher productivity in the shellfish industry and support rural businesses and jobs.
Other key partners in the hatchery project include the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group, the University of the Highlands and Islands, and the Scottish Government.
There is capacity and demand to raise shellfish production in Scotland substantially if the industry can address issues such as the availability of mussel spat (baby mussels). The establishment of a commercial hatchery to produce spat would help to resolve this issue.
The project was announced at SAIC’s first annual conference, held at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, where the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, John Swinney, was keynote speaker.
The full press release about the project can be downloaded below.