Budget expenditure: $243,426.00
Project Status:
Current
Principal Investigator: Xiaoxu Li
Organisation: SARDI Food Safety and Innovation
Project start/end date: 23 Apr 2017 - 29 Jun 2019
Contact:
FRDC
TAGS
Resource Access And Allocation
Research
Polulation Dynamics
Mortality
Management
SPECIES
Sydney Rock Oyster
Native Oyster
Pacific Oyster
Oysters

Need

The establishment of a new native oyster and/or western rock oyster aquaculture sectors in SA and the former in Tasmania will not only diversify the business risk of the existing Pacific oyster sector, but has the potential to become a multi-million dollar industry itself. As native oysters would be more suited to subtidal or low intertidal culture while western rock oysters are an ideal alternative species to mitigate POMS, the successful development of these aquaculture sectors will strengthen the confidence of existing/new growers and investors in Pacific, western rock and native oysters; thereby encouraging further expansion of the industry. In addition, supporting species diversification is one of the high strategic priorities in the Oysters Australia Strategic Plan 2014-2019.

Objectives

1. To develop Native Oyster on-farm growing methods that maximise survival and growth in South Australia and Tasmania
2. To compare the performance between Pacific Oysters and Native Oysters in South Australia
3. To establish a Native Oyster farmers network to share new techniques and knowledge
4. To develop translocation protocols for the safe translocation of Western Rock Oysters to South Australia
5. Trial Western Rock Oysters in the field in South Australia to assess their performance and viability of a potential industry if agreed by industry and regulators

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