Oyster Nursery and Hatchery Techniques

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General information

This course is designed to assist the expansion of the oyster aquaculture industry; teaching growers and business owners successful nursery and hatchery techniques proven to grow high value end product, and providing government and industry stakeholders with an inside knowledge of critical success factors and current issues affecting the industry. elivered by oyster growers, hatchery experts and leading aquaculture scientists from Viking Fish Farms Ltd and SAMS (the Scottish Association for Marine Science), this course is a solid, practical introduction to oyster hatchery.

Day 1 (12th February 2015)

  • Lecture presentations covering micro-algae species used for shellfish feed. These lectures will include:
  • Algal biodiversity
  • Nutrition
  • Photosynthesis.
  • The afternoon will be spent in the laboratory with CCAP; (the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa) on practical algaculture sessions. 

The tutors on Day One are all leading scientists at CCAP or the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and the course is led by Dr John Day. He has over 25 years’ experience in biotechnology and applied algal research and has taken a process all the way from test tube to market. The first day will be delivered at the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban; where delegates will have access to modern laboratories and equipment.

Day 2 (13th February 2015)

  • The second day will take place at a local hatchery. It builds on Day One, with an introduction to large scale micro-algal culture for feed.
  • Lecture sessions will take place on:
  • Oyster reproduction and conditioning
  • The main threats to oysters
  • Hygiene procedures
  • Delegates will also experience the latest oyster hatchery and management techniques during practical sessions.

Day Two will be a highly practical day spent at Viking Fish Farms in Ardtoe, experiencing oyster hatchery (both Ostrea edulis and Crassostrea gigas) first hand. Ardtoe is situated in the western most corner of the UK which is stunningly beautiful. Viking has experience in small-scale hatchery and farming of a number of species; for both commercial and research purposes. Delegates will have unique access to a working hatchery and will be able to benefit from a wealth of experience and access to species both within and outside the remit of this course. (Delegates will be issued with the necessary PPE where required.)

Learning outcome:
  1. A practical understanding of how to cultivate microalgae for use as feed in a local, small-scale hatchery
  2. Best practices in nutrition, husbandry, hygiene and reproduction in oysters
  3. Knowledge of the main risks to oyster health and growth
  4. A practical knowledge of the latest hatchery techniques
  5. An appreciation of current aquaculture research and its relevance to the industry – and how to keep up to date with such research
Contact Person: (SAMSCourses@sams.ac.uk)


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Venue: The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Oban, United Kingdom

Day One: SAMS, Oban, Scotland
Day Two: Viking Fish Farms, Ardtoe, Scotland



This course is free of charge. It is funded through the IBIS Project and includes lunch, transport to Ardtoe and all course materials. You may want to arrange overnight accommodation in Oban if required. (This is not included in the course fee.)

Application Procedure:

Please apply for the Oyster Nursery & Hatchery Course online, or by emailing SAMSCourses@sams.ac.uk or calling 01631 559000.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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