Hatchery Protocol for the Blacklip Rock Oyster Saccostrea echinata (Quoy and Gaimard, 1835)

This protocol manual has been produced by the Northern Territory Government's team of researchers at the Darwin Aquaculture Centre (DAC).

It is the culmination of ten-years of research and refinement of the production methods for the tropical Blacklip Rock Oyster (BRO), Saccostrea echinata (Quoy and Gaimard 1835).

The protocols in this manual reflect the production methods employed at the Darwin Aquaculture Centre at the time of publication. Although BRO production at the DAC has come a long way, consistent and routine production of millions of spat has not yet been achieved, and research to improve production is ongoing. The considerable, and growing, interest in hatchery production of this species, throughout Australia and internationally, has prioritised the release of this hatchery production protocol as a benchmark. 

This protocol describes hatchery rearing methods specific to BROs and is intended for those with an understanding of basic bivalve biology and hatchery rearing techniques. Additional reading is recommended for those interested in a comprehensive description of bivalve biology and hatchery culture. 

For more information about this manual contact:

Northern Territory Government
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801

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Nowland, S. and Hartley, C.

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