SPATnz

SPATnz aims to selectively breed high-value shellfish. Sanford subsidiary Shellfish Production and Technology New Zealand Limited (SPATnz) is co-investing with the Crown in this PGP programme.


The challenge

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Breeding premium mussels.

Through the reliance on wild-caught spat, New Zealand's Greenshell™ mussel industry struggles to realise its full potential and deliver a consistent supply of mussels with the characteristics demanded by premium markets. The aim of this programme is to deliver benefits by domesticating the Greenshell™ mussel and developing a wide range of selectively bred, high-performing breeds for industry.

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The solution

To deliver what the industry and market requires, breeding of mussels in captivity is essential. Wild spat sources allow little control over the timing and quantity of spat supply or the characteristics of the crop. Selectively-bred hatchery spat can be produced year round from carefully selected parents.

Traditional selective breeding continues to deliver huge gains in virtually every primary production sector on land, and with the help of this programme, can now do the same for Greenshell mussel farming.

Research under this programme will focus on selective breeding and the development of hatchery technology to produce improved spat at the large scale required by industry.

SPATnz has operated a pilot-scale mussel hatchery since early 2015, and successfully developed methods for spat production at one-third of target scale. Those methods are now being scaled up to enable spat production at the level required to deliver benefits widely.

This technology and enhanced capability will be a breakthrough for our mussel industry, and provide significant economic returns.

Outcome Logic Model

Outcomes to date

  • Pilot scale commercial hatchery designed and built.
  • Methods developed to produce mussel spat at one third of target scale.
  • The programme has produced four selective breeding cohorts, with up to 100 mussel families per cohort.

Audit

Key facts

Programme start: November 2012 
Length: 7 years 
PGP funding: $13 million 
Industry funding:: $13 million
Crown funding paid out to programme for work done to 31 May 2017:  $8,324,204.91
Commercial partners: Sanford Ltd
Estimated potential economic benefits to NZ: The direct potential benefit to GDP of this programme is approximately $81 million by 2026. If the technology developed through this programme is adopted more broadly throughout the sector, GDP could increase by $193 million.

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Quarterly Progress Report Summaries

January - March 2017 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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October - December 2016 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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July - Sept 2016 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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April - June 2016 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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January - March 2016 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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October - December 2015 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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July - Sept 2015 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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April - June 2015 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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January - March 2015 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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October - December 2014 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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July - September 2014 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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March - June 2014 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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January - March 2014 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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October - December 2013 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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July - September 2013 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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April - June 2013 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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January - March 2013 - SPATnz Executive Summary

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