Mussel breeding programme expected to generate USD 126m a year
Friday, October 18, 2019, 22:00 (GMT + 9)
Nelson based Greenshell mussel company SPATnz is publicly releasing the startling results of its multi-year breeding programme developed in partnership with Sanford, the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Cawthron Institute. The results show that selected hatchery mussels can grow up to twice as fast as those caught from the wild. The work is expected to be worth around NZD 200 million (USD 126.5 million) a year to the wider New Zealand economy.
SPATnz Programme Manager Rodney Roberts says his team, and all who were involved, are thrilled with the results.
“The final results from this seven-year Primary Growth Partnership programme have exceeded all our expectations. We have compared growth rates for mussel spat from our hatchery with those collected in the wild from both Golden Bay and Kaitaia. The trials show our mussels get to market size at a significa... FULL STORY