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Orkney Shellfish Hatchery achieves milestone in raising native flat oysters on land

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Orkney Shellfish Hatchery, which forms part of the Cadman Capital Group’s Aquaculture Division, has successfully cultured its first run of native flat oysters on land and plans to increase the production of the species imminently.

The hatchery, which is located in Orkney, Scotland, announced its plans for native flat oyster production in August, with the expectation that its pilot run would complete later this year. Commenting on how quickly the development has taken place, Nik Sachlikidis, managing director of the Cadman Capital Group’s Aquaculture Division, said that “here, at the Cadman Capital Group, we are excited about the quick success of our operations at Orkney Shellfish Hatchery. We are very proud of the efforts and dedication that our hatchery team has contributed to ensuring the success of our pilot production of native flat oysters. In addition, the bio-security measures they have put in place have ensured the quality of the production, setting our oysters apart from others in the market and making them ideal for restoration efforts.”

In addition to the production of native flat oysters, last month, the hatchery announced that it is also on course for the on-land production of clawed lobsters, as it moves towards its goal of becoming a premium, multi-species aquaculture hatchery. More than just a commercial shellfish production facility, Orkney Shellfish Hatchery is committed to the efficient and sustainable practice of cultivating shellfish on land, to replenish the UK’s seafood stocks, as well as support the global aquaculture industry.

With a clear sustainability agenda at the forefront of its operations, the hatchery team is actively looking to speak with anyone involved in oyster restoration projects in the UK and beyond.

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