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PROJECT: 2016/801

Enhancing Pacific oyster breeding to optimise National benefits

WHY WAS THE RESEARCH UNDERTAKEN?

The research was undertaken to accelerate the breeding for POMS resistant oysters and to ensure the benefits are realised across all pacific oyster growing regions.  

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR FINDINGS/OUTCOMES SO FAR?

  • Breeding has been established in South Australia with 97 families produced over two breeding seasons. The initial focus has been on POMS resistance and ensuring that genetic diversity exists in the population to be able to start a breeding population in South Australia.

  • Families in the first season have been distributed to commercial hatcheries to be used as broodstock.

  • Australian Seafood Industries (ASI) has been able to produce POMS-free spat from the exposed broodstock. This has allowed ASI to continue family line production in Tasmania and to supply broodstock for hatcheries in Tasmania, leading to accelerated gains in POMS resistance.

  • More information on the requirements into trans-locating spat into NSW. More work is required, but NSW should have access to ASI genetics either via South Australia or Tasmania.

HOW WILL THESE FINDINGS BE IMPORTANT TO INDUSTRY?

This research is crucial for those areas affected by POMS and to return growers back to states of profitability and sustainability. In the unaffected areas, this research offers the ability to minimise the effects of POMS when it hits.

Please see video below for the research summary.

PROJECT INVESTIGATOR

General Manager

Matt completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aquaculture at the University of Tasmania. After a brief stint with IMAS working in their fisheries division, Matt entered the oyster industry as a hatchery technician with Cameron of Tasmania at their Dunalley hatchery for 5 years. He experienced all aspects of Pacific oyster farming from larval rearing to grow out and processing. Later Matt was employed by Paspaley Pearling Company as the algal production manager in their co-operative hatchery producing Pearl oysters in Broome, Western Australia. Later he returned to Tasmania to take up his current role as General Manager of Australian Seafood Industries.

AUSTRALIAN SEAFOOD INDUSTRIES

MATT CUNNINGHAM

Email: matt@asioysters.com.au                                                                  Phone: (03) 6274 7741