Review article sheds light on gaps and opportunities in the clam industry

Nazaré, Portugal, April 15, 2020 . A new review article on the cultivation of European clam species was published today.

Authored by scientists from startup of aquaculture Fresh Ocean , from University of Vigo It's from Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS ), the article analyzes the current state of the art in nursery culture of mollusc species native to the European continent, and provides important information for the future growth of a sustainable shellfish industry. Entitled 'Hatchery culture of European clam species', the article was published in Aquaculture International Journal .

Although clam cultivation is an important economic activity, generating many billions of euros, there are relatively few sites dedicated to the industrial production of these species, both in Europe and in other parts of the world. Most existing equipment in Europe focuses on the production of an Asian invasive species, while native varieties such as rudipates decussatus It is venupis corrugata have been neglected in recent decades, despite their higher economic and nutritional value. By exploring little-known sources of scientific information, including doctoral theses and conference abstracts, the authors were able to obtain crucial data to identify opportunities and propose improvements in the sector's industrial processes and strategies.

According to Oceano Fresco, the article's observations and conclusions 'will allow the transfer of information to the sector and will identify critical gaps that may be impeding the development of maternity production'.

This article was published under the SEMEAR R&DT Project nº 22390 (CENTRO-02-0651-FEDER-011546), co-financed by the Centro Operacional Program – a system of incentives for business innovation by the Portuguese Government and the European Union. The underlying research was also supported by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant contract nº 739773.

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