State-of-the-art oyster hatchery opens in Denmark

The new state-of-the-art oyster hatchery offers new opportunities for education, research and business collaboration.

State-of-the-art oyster hatchery opens in Denmark
Credits: Anne Trap-Lind
September 27, 2021

The Danish Shellfish Center, part of DTU Aqua, opened a new oyster hatchery with approximately 750 m2, ten times larger than the previous one. The new hatchery is located on Mors, an island in the Limfjord sound in Jutland.

The new hatchery has the capacity and technology to support research and development with the latest technology for hatching oysters and other shellfish species and growing seaweed.

“The opening of our new hatchery is the largest since the Danish Shellfish Center was established in 2003. It is a state-of-the-art hatchery and there is nothing similar in Denmark,” said Jens Kjerulf Petersen, head of the Danish Shellfish Center and professor at DTU Aqua. “In the new facilities, we focus on flat oysters and seaweed species such as dulse and sugar seaweed. There has been a bottleneck in seaweed production due to lack of technology in developing cost-effective track lines on which the seaweed grows.”