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Bivalve conditioning and settlement – keys to competitive hatchery production



Hatchery production of bivalves during autumn and winter (outside of the natural spawning season) is a challenge, but necessary to keep market shares and ensure sufficient seed supply to European growers on a year round basis.

The SETTLE project will focus on conditioning and settlement as key events during the hatchery production of native European species, the flat oyster (Ostrea edulis) and the great scallop (Pecten maximus). The project aims to foster year-round production of spat in hatcheries.

SETTLE will involve ten partners; five RTDs and five SMEs from four different countries. The project is divided into six work packages and will run over the course of two years (2008-2010).




Consortium at the kick-off meeting in Galicia, Spain (October 2008)