Broodstock Conditioning Program

This long term initiative is being carried out in partnership between VIU and the BC Shellfish Growers Association.  This project is an environmental adaption initiative to address changing water conditions in Baynes Sound and the Salish Sea in general.

Ocean acidification has made it more difficult for shellfish larvae to form a shell.  This has impacted wild stocks and has impacted shellfish hatcheries ability to spawn and grow shellfish.  This project is a selective breeding initiative designed to promote shellfish lines that are naturally resistant to changing environmental conditions while still maintaining a sufficiently diverse genetic base.  We hope to develop a pool of brood stock for industry that performs well in Baynes Sound and the Salish Sea.

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