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First spat from Scottish pilot mussel hatchery goes to sea

The first mussel spat reared at the Scottish Shellfish Hatchery Stepping Stone project in Shetland was transferred to on-growing sites at sea in November.

The £1.7m 30-month collaboration involves HIE, Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

The mussel industry is now estimated to be worth over £10 million a year in Scotland alone. A commercial-scale hatchery would see this value increase further, resulting in higher and more reliable yields, new jobs and greater export potential.

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