Students at Deep Bay Marine Station

Shelf-life Extension of Live Scallops - Modified Atmosphere Packaging

VIU Centre for Shellfish Research

Undergraduate student, Melanie Poerner Loureiro, worked with the Centre for Seafood Innovation to assess Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) as a treatment to keep Japanese scallops (Mizuhopecten yessoensis) alive for transportation. Multivac Canada generously provided guidance, as well as the equipment and facility to package the scallops. BioTalent Canada contributed to the student’s wage. VIU’s Centre for Shellfish Research (CSR) provided guidance in the experimental design and donated the scallops for the project. CSI was asked to evaluate the effectiveness of this packaging technique by the CSR and we found and applied for funding to have a student researcher take on the project. While the project was unsuccessful at extending the life of scallops it provided an incredible learning experience, excellent new connections and set the stage for further research.

The student learned about research design, learned about supply chain challenges, was introduced to VIU researchers and food industry experts, and honed her report writing and presentation skills. Melanie presented her findings at a Let’s Talk Seafood event and field questions from 30 curious consumers. This talented young woman also designed a poster for CSI! Through her new connections Melanie was hired as a Public Education intern at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station and will have new avenues to pursue her career and research interests.