In the long term the POMS Resistance Breeding Levy will secure the future of ASI and by extension selective breeding for Pacific Oysters. This in turn secures the investments made over many years by federal funding agencies. Due to delays achieving unanimous stakeholder support the approval for the levy has been later than anticipated but was formally adopted and implemented from October 13, 2014. As a result of this delay ASI is not in a position to enter into some key contracts in terms of provision of services for current data sets. The most pressing of these is the provision of genetic services undertaken by CSIRO.
The support from CRC for this activity will open up an training opportunity we would like to offer. There are a number of other participants in the CRC who are initiating family breeding programs or planning to initiate these programs. This project thus presents the opportunity of conducting the analysis as a training exercise for CRC participants including key stakeholders in the oyster breeding programs to improve understanding of the process and logistics of implementing family breeding program.
This project resulted in the genetic analysis to allow Australian Seafood Industries (ASI) to formulate a breeding plan for the 2014 breeding season.
In addition the data analysis resulted in the prioritisation of traits by industry stakeholders resulting in an agreed focus for breeding. The process resulted in training opportunities in the form of a workshop for Pacific Oyster and other industry participants to examine the requirements for managing a modern family based breeding program.