Research to advance shellfish hatchery design

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is to receive $667,000 in government funding towards a project to undertake a comparative analysis of new technologies in shellfish farming.

With this funding, VIU is proposing to advance shellfish hatchery design by integrating the latest technological developments into an operating hatchery at its Deep Bay Marine Field Station. The evaluation of these technologies will include research into techniques to better monitor and mitigate factors that are impeding shellfish seed production, including ocean acidification.

VIU will share lessons learned through a series of targeted workshops to various stakeholders, including representatives of the shellfish industry and First Nations to help transfer the skills and knowledge required to operate a modern hatchery with successful outcomes.

"Our Government recognises that British Columbia's aquaculture industry is a significant component of the province's economy,” said Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “This project will help address the challenges faced by B.C.'s shellfish producers with the additional benefits of strengthening the sector, creating jobs and supporting Western Canada's economy."

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