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Hatchery In-A-Box

Shellfish Hatchery Systems Ltd (SHS) has now incorporated its highly successful Aquahive product into the design of its novel Hatchery-in-a-Box (HIB), which incorporates a complete hatchery solution from holding and conditioning brood-stock lobsters to the production of juveniles. This complete hatchery solution occupies a small footprint, in one or more specifically fitted out and adapted sea containers, which can be easily transported around the world to coastal areas, harbours and even green field sites. This is a further way SHS assists the sustainability of such an iconic species, for not only today’s fishermen and communities but also for the future.

The HIB concept offers the advantage of being movable, allowing clients to easily relocate their operations if a site is seasonal or if a more advantageous site is found. It also allows clients to test operations in different seaside locations.

The HIB is a culmination of ideas to produce a low footprint clawed lobster hatchery, which can be located in sensitive locations that may have limited opportunities in regards to planning consent for fixed buildings.

The HIB is fully insulated, temperature controlled, and can be scaled from 20ft to 40ft containers depending on the customer's individual requirements. The HIB is a plug and play concept, whereby once power is connected to the main electrical supply and sea water connected to the filtration systems the customer can begin clawed lobster farming and restocking.  The HIB concept eliminates the hassle of building large hatcheries on land, coming fully equipped with everything to get you started as well as a range of support options and training packages. For more details about our HIB products please contact us here.

Hatchery containers
  • 20ft Container
  • 4 x Aquahives
  • 7 x 200 litre Larval Upwellers/Cones
  • In a 20-week season approx. 40,000 juveniles would be ready for release back into a wild fishery
  • Extra features available to enhance production beyond the 20-week season would be the temperature and photoperiod manipulating light system with water chiller/heater

Brood System

The brood system offered by SHS is suitable for: European and American clawed lobster.

This unit is vertically stacked and highly space efficient, coupled with its own recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) and water heater/chiller, enabling users to extend the larval season by increasing or decreasing egg incubation time. A photoperiod manipulating light system can also be fitted as an extra, pending each customer’s requirement.

The brood system can hold multiples of eighteen female lobsters, with independent air systems and open top outflows that can be configured using our hatched larvae transfer equipment, which minimises mechanical damage to larvae when stocking into our larval system. The systems come complete with all brood-stock pipework and individual components can be removed, cleaned and replaced easily.

The RAS that is included with the brood system can be set up and operates independently, allowing the biological filter to mature without connection to the brood system.  This flexibility allows operators peace of mind and an easy cleaning solution of the brood-stock holding area, without reducing the efficiency of the biological filter. This system can be supplied without a reservoir and even retrofitted to an existing customer’s system, pending requirements.

Larvae System

The larval system offered by SHS is not only suitable for clawed lobster larvae but a range of aquaculture species that are required to be kept in suspension. It can even be utilised for the production of live feeds as an independent system.

This versatile larval system is made from high quality materials, enabling customers to incorporate ozone into the system. This also reduces the risk of producing toxic ozone radicals that can occur when ozone is incorporated into systems utilising fiberglass tanks.

The larval system can be configured as an individual 90L unit or in arrays of five 90L units. All systems come with two outlet screens with your choice of mesh size, an air stone and a 1” air manifold for connection to the air system.

All SHS’ larval systems are fitted with individual flow meters, enabling operators piece of mind that the correct flow rates are consistently being provided. This feature is a great addition for even seasoned operators or academic and research institutes wishing to undergo experimentation. The water inlet system terminates in a 1.5” barrel union, that can be easily connected to the client's existing water system.

For those clients wishing to combine this system with our RAS or even find out how this system forms part of our HIB, please contact one of leading customer representatives here.

Juvenile System

The juvenile system or Aquahive product offered by SHS is truly unique. The Aquahive system is a patented product that not only out-performs traditional mono-layered tray-based systems by a factor of 40 on a per square metre basis, but our product range has expanded and adapted in line with our customers' requirements.

The ideal system for holding juvenile clawed lobsters (post stage IV), each Aquahive is composed of a maximum of 28 perforated trays, of which 27 are useable. Each tray holds a maximum of 140 juvenile clawed lobsters, equating to 3,780 lobsters per Aquahive. The chambers within each tray resemble a honeycomb, a space efficient shape enabling lobsters to thrive with high rates of survival.

  • Juvenile System
  • Juvenile System

SHS' juvenile system traditionally comprises six Aquahive units, however individual units can be ordered and custom orders are accepted.  We even lease Aquahives and entire HIB configurations. For information about our lease arrangements please contact one of our specialised representatives here.

Please call us to discuss your Juvenile System requirements.

Recirculation System

At SHS, we offer a RAS that can be fitted to any of our brood, larval or juvenile (Aquahive) systems or even to an existing client’s system, improving water usage and enabling customers who may have a site with sub-optimal water quality at certain periods to still function their hatchery successfully.

Our recirculation system has proven to be successful for hatchery and juvenile culture of European and American clawed lobsters and is the ‘heart’ of our HIB product. The system is highly energy efficient, utilising one pump that circulates water around the filtration and heating/cooling system.

  • Juvenile System
  • Juvenile System

The recirculation system comprises of a broad product range, manufactured from high quality polyethylene and U-PVC and can be customised to provide optimal water quality. At SHS we also offer stand-alone components that can be fitted to a customer’s existing recirculating system.

To discuss the RAS system further please contact us here.

Our recirculation system comprises the following components:

  • Mechanical filter removing solid particles larger than 60 microns
  • A biological filter converting ammonia to non-toxic nitrogen products
  • A micro-particulate particle filter removing suspended particles to 10, 5 or even 1 microns
  • A final UV-filter, controlling bacterial loads
  • An ozone unit can be recommended and fitted to our venturi powered foam fractionator, which effectively removes fine solids, proteinaceous and other organic matter
  • All components of our recirculation system can be easily removed, cleaned, serviced and replaced

The recirculation system can run independently of culture tanks, enabling water to only circulate around the filtration system, allowing the biological filter to mature or even allowing the client to clean their culture tanks whilst keeping the filtration system in an active and ready state.

SHS designs its recirculation system in close co-operation with our clients’ requirements. At SHS, we ensure installation and operation is straightforward and that spare parts are available to order.

If you are interested to hear how our RAS can be fitted to our brood, larval or juvenile system or even how this system forms part of our HIB or your existing system, please contact one of leading customer representatives.

Products

At SHS we offer a wide range of products to support our innovative hatchery solution systems, from spare parts and pumps and additional trays for your Aquahive, to a range of nutritional products and even live algae.

For more information about our range of products, pricing, specifications sheets and availability please contact one of our lobster specialists here.

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