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Orkney Shellfish Hatchery announces plans for the on-land production of clawed lobster

30th September 2020

Orkney Shellfish Hatchery, which forms part of the Cadman Capital Group’s Aquaculture Division, has today announced its plans to produce clawed lobsters on land, as it takes delivery of its first lobster broodstock. The announcement comes after the multi-species hatchery revealed its significant progress in the production of Native Flat Oysters last month.
 
Since the arrival of its first lobster broodstock, the hatchery team has been adjusting the broodstock to hatchery conditions using Ocean On Land Technology’s® revolutionary Hatchery-in-a-Box system. The Hatchery-in-a-Box is a ground-breaking complete hatchery solution that aids in the culturing of clawed lobsters on land, from holding and conditioning broodstock lobsters to the production of juveniles. The small-footprint hatchery also features the proprietary Aquahive® product, which, when used, can drastically increase juvenile lobster survival rates, resulting in stronger and healthier lobster juveniles.
 
As a research and development facility for the wider aquaculture market, Orkney Shellfish Hatchery has made significant investment into its biosecurity protocols, efficiency measures and the development of nutritional solutions for its produce. The hatchery prides itself on its high-grade bio-security practices and protocols, as well as using the latest technologies to increase efficiency and continuing to monitor and develop feed solutions to optimise growth and health for its produce.
 
Commenting on the hatchery’s progress, Dr Nik Sachlikidis, Managing Director of the Cadman Capital Group’s Aquaculture Division, said: “At Orkney Shellfish Hatchery, we are excited to launch our clawed lobster production project, as we begin to introduce a second species to the hatchery. As well as culturing clawed lobsters, we will continue to refine our techniques and technologies in order to produce specialist shellfish in a world-class facility”.
 
More than just a commercial shellfish production facility, Orkney Shellfish Hatchery is committed to the efficient and sustainable practise of cultivating shellfish on land, in order to replenish the UK’s seafood stocks, as well as support the global aquaculture industry.

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