In the AquaVitae project (www.aquavitaeprojec.eu), partners are working on protocol development for sea based seed collection and spatting pond production of oyster seed (in Europe primarily directed towards Ostrea edulis seed). The project has developed a very short survey to get some feedback on the relevance of these activities to the European community.
The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete. Read more and take part in the survey….
AquaVitae is a research and innovation project, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program. The project consortium consists of 35 partners, which, in addition to Europe, are situated in countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean including Brazil, South Africa, Namibia, as well as North America. The overall objective of AV is to introduce new low trophic species, products and processes to marine aquaculture value chains across the Atlantic in a sustainable way. One part of this work is directed towards the expansion of underutilized species such as oysters, and activities include development of protocols for enhanced capture of target species (in Europe the native Ostrea edulis and in Brazil the native Crassostrea gasar) using sea-based seed collection, and increased production of oyster seed through spatting pond technology. So far, activities related to the sea-based seed collection protocol includes evaluation of geographical differences in seed settlement, effects of depth, substrate, presence to brood-stock and deployment strategy of the collectors (suspended or bottom based) on the settlement, as well as automated ways to separate mixed species (e.g. Pacific oyster and Ostrea seed). In terms of spatting pond production, a protocol for the production is under development and the effect of different abiotic conditions on production success is being evaluated. More information about the oyster work can be found in the attached document and at the AquaVitae web page.
At this point in time, the project wish to explore the perceived relevance of the work performed among relevant stakeholders, i.e. anyone (industry/government/other researchers, etc) that are likely to benefit from the work. This is done using an on-line survey, found in the attached link/QR code. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and is, as stated above, directed to stakeholders engaged in, or benefiting from, oyster seed production using extensive techniques.