Native flat oysters cultured on landA first run of native flat oysters has been cultured at a land based facility in Orkney. Photo: Orkney Shellfish Hatchery

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, with plans to increase production of the species imminently.

The hatchery, which is located on the pristine waters of Orkney, announced its plans for native flat oyster production in August, with the expectation that its pilot run would complete later this year.

“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 ensure the success of our pilot production of native flat oysters,” said Dr Nik Sachlikidis, managing director of the Cadman Capital Group’s Aquaculture Division.

“In addition, the bio-security measures they have put in place has ensured the quality of the produce, 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.

Orkney Shellfish Hatchery is a multi-species aquaculture hatchery designed to provide premium seafood products including oyster spat, European lobster, microalgae and nutritional solutions to the aquaculture industry.

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