Tas­ma­nian ex­per­tise boosts mus­sel project

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A PROJECT to get Scot­tish mus­sels to spawn in a hatch­ery en­vi­ron­ment has re­ceived an in­ter­na­tional boost with a visit from Tas­ma­nian part­ners Spring Bay Seafoods – oper­a­tors of one of the world’s few com­mer­cial scale mus­sel hatch­eries.

met dur­ing a four-day to Spring Bay Seafoods in 2015.

In­sights from this trip helped in­form the £1.7 mil­lion 30-month project by Mar­ket­ing Group (SSMG) and Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands (UHI), with co-fund­ing from the Scot­tish Aqua­cul­ture In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (SAIC), High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise, and the Euro­pean Mar­itime and Fish­eries Fund.

Cur­rently, Scot­land pro­duces more than 7,700 tonnes of farmed mus­sels – 74 per cent of which are pro­duced in Shet­land – gen­er­at­ing an es­ti­mated £11.7 mil­lion for the econ­omy.

If suc­cess­ful, the pi­lot hatch­ery project will lead to a com­mer­cial scale hatch­ery, re­sult­ing in higher and more re­li­able yields of spat, ad­di­tional jobs and wider dis­tri­bu­tion of sites – all of which com­bined will help to­wards the Scot­tish growth am­bi­tions of 21,000 tonnes an­nu­ally by 2030.

The project team, of op­er­a­tions well un­der­way, hosted Spring Bay Seafoods’ hatch­ery man­ager Bryce Daly for a three-week visit to the NAFC Ma­rine Cen­tre UHI in Scal­loway, Shet­land.

Above: Pic­ture (courtesy of Michael Tait): Spring Bay Seafoods’ Bryce Daly (left) with project board mem­ber Lind­say An­gus

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