Robust and resilient flat oyster fisheries (RD042)

Aim:

The project aims to collect oyster spat in an innovative way, from traditional bed reared oysters.

Funding Amount:

£55,660

Duration of Project:

17 Months

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Summary:

Exo Environmental and partners are working towards a viable innovation that reduces commercial risk to native oyster (Ostrea edulis) production and improves productivity. The project aims to collect oyster spat in an innovative way, from traditional bed reared oysters. The innovation involves the bespoke and sustainable seed collectors, that are developed through new technological breakthroughs. Exo Environmental and partners will develop, through research and trials, a unique design and 3D print reusable moulds, into which a special mix of stabilised sediment is cast. The technology will involve (clean) dredged material, supporting the UK aims towards a circular economy and sustainability. The stabilised sediment has natural properties that encourage oyster spat to settle, furthermore, the R&D study will involve testing of numerous surface materials and textures to establish properties of the most productive seed collector. During the project data will be collected on the technical and sustainability aspects, as well as the main results which are the strengthened fisheries and aquaculture productivity.

Although this project will run for 17 months, with the obtained results we aim to continue our R&D well beyond the Seafood Innovation Fund timeline to achieve real life benefits to the UK economy.

Project Lead

Exo Environmental Ltd.