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Fishery Communities

Shellfish Hatchery Systems Ltd (SHS) has a passion for supporting shell-fishing communities and involving local fisheries, merchants, and seafood producers whether in retail or the restaurant and hospitality sector.

The company is particularly interested in forging links with those in education at all levels and aims to support the efforts made by users of the SHS systems to reach out to the wider public. The company has a goal, from the outset, in its projects, to encourage involvement with stakeholders in the local environment to promote a balanced and sustainable outcome.

SHS has a policy of providing continuing support to users whether they are businesses or local not-for-profit groups through inclusion in a wider network of technical, scientific and logistic support. In the case of local groups, this includes training and troubleshooting to those supervising volunteers.

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Academic and Research Studies

SHS has in the past 10 years been involved as a key player in major European research into lobster rearing to develop improved holding and grow-out techniques. This enables the company to access research into other commercially important crustacean species such as Nephrops (Scampi, Norway Lobster, Dublin Bay Prawn).

The company is also a founding member of the European Lobster Centre of Excellence (ELCE), which is an important resource for continuing research and development pooling and sharing information throughout the sector.

SHS offers customers key technical assistance and training through its own research and development centre for cold-water species in Orkney. Through its network of existing customers, SHS is in a favourable position to update techniques, feed materials and offer equipment upgrades where desirable to its users.

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Farming Clawed Lobsters

SHS is at the forefront of the design and testing of new systems and techniques, including feed development for this new sector of lobster farming (the rearing to table size lobsters from fertilised egg in aquaculture). The company is in the process of developing both land-based and sea-based systems using its research and development base in Orkney and is interested to work with development partners at other sites.

The company is also in a position to utilise extensive knowledge from its parent company Caribbean Sustainable Fisheries, which has experience of successfully farming warm water spiny lobster.

SHS can also supply large numbers of clawed lobster juveniles from its showcase facility in Orkney to those interested in growing out to plate size, but do not wish to operate a hatchery.

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