A workshop for the European Molluscs hatchery sector

28th and 29th October 2013, Brest, France.


The objectives of the workshop are:
· to transfer of the main applied results of the EU REPROSEED research project to themarine mollucs hatchery sector.
· to initiate discussion between R&D organizations and Europeans hatchery managers toidentify future research needs related to the hatchery sector.


This project is conducted by twelve major organizations (nine Research and Technology Development Institutions, a professional association and two SME). Over four years, these members will perform common experiments, and share specialized skills, knowledge and methodologies in order to improve the hatchery rearing of established (Pacific oyster – Crassostrea gigas) and emerging (king scallop – Pecten maximus, blue mussels – Mytilus edulis and M. galloprovincialis and the European clam – Ruditapes decussatus) cultured bivalve species in Europe.

REPROSEED was initiated following observations of losses in hatcheries at different stages of the bivalve life cycle when using current methods and technologies. Over the course of the project, members of the consortium aim to investigate for these losses and to find new methods and technologies that will protect and stabilize hatchery production. Members are notably focusing on providing the optimal environmental conditions for the culture of larva at the different stages of their development. During all this work, costs will be taken into account and efforts made to use new methodology as a means of reducing hatchery expenditure.


The REPROSEED project will use both classic and novel means to disseminate research outcomes to its target end users: the European shellfish hatchery industry, national and European policy makers, and society at large, including the wider scientific community.

The consortium member SYSAAF (Syndicat des Sélectionneurs Avicoles et Aquacoles Français), a professional association, has the role of promoting customized knowledge transfer in close partnership with the RTDs and will ensure there is measurable end-user uptake and exploitation.

Research outcomes will also be communicated through presentations at major international aquaculture conferences, such as those run by the European Aquaculture Society or the National Shellfisheries Association (USA), and through international publications.


Contact : haffray@rennes.inra.fr