Open day for aquaculture

Last updated 12:00 02/02/2013

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Cawthron Institute will open the doors of its Glenhaven Aquaculture Centre to the public next month.

The independent research organisation held its first open day at the Glen's multimillion-dollar research facility two years ago and received lots of public interest.

Cawthron has been contributing research and development expertise to the aquaculture sector from its Glenhaven base since 1991, opening the country's first oyster hatchery there in June 2009, and a multimillion-dollar extension in 2011.

The Aquaculture Centre provides a shared space for research, education and learning for Cawthron Institute scientists, the aquaculture industry and the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

Cawthron chief executive Professor Charles Eason said it was an exciting time at the Glen as it moved to a new phase in shellfish breeding.

"We believe that we've made very substantial breakthroughs in breeding oysters and mussels.

"Visitors will see the technology and facilities which enable the production of spat for shellfish farmers. It's the equivalent of being able to supply land farmers with livestock," he said.

The open day on Sunday, February 10, will be for pre-booked guests only. To reserve a place call Cawthron Institute on 03 539 3217 or email jo.thompson@cawthron.org.nz to book a place.

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- The Nelson Mail

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