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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Grant funds oyster breeding program. 15/02/2006. ABC News Online

Grant funds oyster breeding program. 15/02/2006. ABC News Online

A Tasmanian company specialising in breeding stock for oysters has been awarded a Federal Government grant of almost $1 million.

Shellfish Culture is working to develop new types of oysters and mussels whose meat and taste are not subject to seasonal variations.

The quality of oysters and mussels deteriorates during the warmer months when the shellfish spawn.

Shellfish Culture has used chemicals to breed shellfish which are sterile and whose quality therefore does not change but the process has a low success rate.

General manager Richard Pugh says the grant will allow his company to concentrate on producing the sterile fish, called triploids naturally.

"Doesn't require any chemicals, it's a completely natural spawning process, but the best advantage is that it gives you 100 per cent triploiding," he said.


At 3:05 AM, February 15, 2006, Blogger zygomaturus said...

hopefully this will mean we won't get those custardy ovulating oysters in the market any more


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