SWIMS will maintain dedicated aquaria for the research, maintenance, and growth of oyster seeds before they are delivered to local farmers. Oysters will be cultured in a nursery at HKU's hatchery. Once established, the seeds will be relocated to SWIMS for further development until they are ready to be transported to oyster farms.
On 27 May, SWIMS' Associate Professor Dr. VENGATESEN Thiyagarajan, lead a meeting of key stakeholders to kick off Hong Kong's first oyster hatchery project:
Mr CHUNG Shiu Cheong, General Manager of Oyster Hatchery (China), Mr Brian LEE (Director of Manufacturing) and Mrs Elizabeth MOK (Technical Service Director) of Lee Kum Kee Company Limited; Professor Vivian Wing-Wah YAM, HKU Dean of Science (Interim) and Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy; Mr CHOW Wing-Kuen, Senior Fisheries Officer (Aquaculture Fisheries) of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department; Dr Thiyagarajan VENGATESEN of HKU School of Biological Sciences and The Swire Institute of Marine Science; Mr Fung CHAN of Hong Kong Oyster Company Limited.
Stakeholders and SWIMS staff met at the University of Hong Kong for session talks focused on the biology, aquaculture heritage, and history of oyster farming in Hong Kong. Later in the after noon, attendees met at SWIMS for a keynote address from SWIMS Director, Professor Gray Williams and session talks focused on entrepreneurship in the oyster aquaculture industry.
Read more about the project and the history of Hong Kong's oyster farming here.