Abalone and bivalve production.

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A significant research effort, spearheaded by the Aquaculture Research Group (GIA), is focused on the development of culture technologies in order to diversify aquaculture species produced in the Canary Islands and improve the competitiveness of the industry following a sustainable approach. The research efforts that enabled the development of the research program entitled "Abalone and bivalve production" focused on two molluscs’ species; the abalone, Haliotis tuberculata coccinea and the mussel Perna perna. This research line, which aims at improving and developing mollusc production technology, is oriented towards the reproductive physiology of the species, the development of controlled breeding programs and hatchery production technics, nutrition, farming systems, production in integrated multi-trophic systems, the genetic diversity of natural populations and the development of restocking programs. The facilities allocated to the research program include a brood-stock conditioning area, as well as areas dedicated to experimental larval rearing and hatchery, grow-out and algae production. Since the beginning of the research program, research activities were developed and supported by multiple regional, national and European funded research projects and the results were presented at international conferences and published in peer reviewed international journals. Partnerships and collaborations have also been established, at a European level, with recognised companies and research groups in the field of mollusc’s production.

 

Fig. 1: Haliotis tuberculata coccinea larvae.

 

Fig. 2: Conditioning and grow-out facilities.