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Securing reliable mussel spats for a sustainable mussel industry future

Securing reliable mussel spats for a sustainable mussel industry future

In response to the problem of low mussel production due to the scarcity of spats, mussel hatcheries and nurseries were established in areas where mussels are traditionally grown. This also preserves the sustainability of green mussel production. Currently, the research team led by Dr. Mary Jane A. Amar is pilot-testing the viability of the green mussel hatchery and nursery technology in preparation for transfer to stakeholders such as hatchery investors, academe, and government agencies.

This project was conducted to verify the previously developed green mussel hatchery technology in industry-scale facilities. It demonstrated how the development of hatchery technology for green mussels works, especially in large-scale production. It also reassured the adoption of the technology by the stakeholders and industry–instilled confidence for the future of the green mussels.

The project’s impact is a testament of the collective efforts of many beneficiaries, including investors in hatchery businesses, grow-out farmers, local government units, educators, and researchers. This collaborative endeavor with Western Philippines University in Region 4-B and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-National Fisheries Development Center (BFAR-NFDC) in Region 1 not only underscores the importance of research in the industry but also highlights the crucial role of each stakeholder and government agencies in the success of the project.

Further development in green mussel technology will be disseminated and promoted through IEC Materials and promotional videos. The scientific publications are already available to be used by the academe and researchers in filling the gaps between reality and the science and technology of green mussel hatchery production.

The project holds great promise to the industry of green mussels. It aims to provide spats for mussel growers that can be used to seed the identified grow-out culture expansion areas and restock depleted breeding grounds. The pilot-scale production also provides crucial information on cost-benefit and profitability, and aids the decision-making of potential investors to adopt the technology. Collaboration and partnership with LGUs and national government agencies are also pivotal in the dissemination and promotion of this technology especially that the project aims to provide help to the smallest sector of the economy affected by this industry.

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