Blue mussel hatchery technology in Europe

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  • Pauline Kamermans
    IMARES, Wageningen UR, Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies
  • Thomas Galley
  • Pierre Boudry
    Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (IFREMER)
  • Jose Fuentes
    Centro de Investigacións Mariñas (CIMA)
  • H. McCombie
  • Frederico M. Batista
  • A. Blanco
    IMARES, Wageningen UR, Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies
  • L. Dominguez
    Centro de Investigacións Mariñas (CIMA)
  • F. Cornette
    Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (IFREMER)
  • L. Pincot
  • Andrew Beaumont
To date, European mussel culture has relied entirely on wild seed from suspended collectors or mussel beds. One problem faced by blue mussel producers is the unpredictability of seed supply, the amounts of wild seed available being extremely variable from year to year. A second problem is that recently spawned mussels cannot be sold due to insufficient meat. Hatcheries can complement wild seed supply. Hatcheries also allow triploid induction that produces non-maturing mussels. In this chapter, the different steps in hatchery production of mussel seed are described. A final section addresses future trends

Keywords

  • Mytilus, broodstock, larvae, spat, hatchery, triploid
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Aquaculture Hatchery Technology
EditorsGeoff Allan, Gavin Burnell
PublisherWoodhead Publishing Ltd
Chapter11
Pages339-373
ISBN (Print)9780857091192
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013
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