CAMBio researchers were
recently awarded their first EI Innovation Voucher. This followed
discussion between Cartron Point Shellfish Ltd. and CAMBio research
staff regarding the testing of mussels to confirm that the mussel
broodstock used for seed mussel production were Mytilus edulis
and not Mytilus galloprovincialis or the hybrid Mytilus edulis/galloprovincialis.
A project that would support the company in selecting broodstock
for hatchery production was agreed prior to the application. Since
authorisation for the export of seed mussels to one of the company’s
customers required that the seed be M. edulis, selecting appropriate
broodstock became a critically important factor in attaining authorisation
for export. Completion of the Application Form demanded less than
30 minutes and since applications are appraised every two-months,
turnaround time from submission to approval was rapid.