In 2007, students from Queen Charlotte College in Picton find out what makes a 'good' mussel and how breeding programmes are changing.
The Cawthron Institute in Nelson has an extensive mussel breeding programme. The aim is to grow mussel families with enhanced characteristics for New Zealand’s aquaculture industry.
Year 10 students Sarah, Joe, Maxine, Michael and Cloe, and Year 12 students Gina and Jessica, with their teacher from Queen Charlotte College, Dr John Whitehead, met with some of the scientists involved in the work. Not only did they find out more about cryopreservation and what baby mussels look like, but they also worked with a professional filmmaker to capture it all on video and then edit it for publication on the Hub.
Mussel farming is becoming an increasingly important industry in New Zealand.
Like all animals, mussels are affected by environmental conditions.
It's important in a breeding programme to be able to tell which mussel is which.
It's not all about high-tech equipment.
Modern technologies mean it's much easier to get genetic information.
Usually to breed shellfish, you need the parent shellfish to be 'ready'.
Mussels, like people, are picky about what they eat.
Nick King from the Cawthron Institute explains how he became interested in marine science and what he likes about his job.
Ellie Watts, a senior aquaculture technician at Cawthron, explains what her job involves.
Serian Adams is an expert in cryopreservation at the Cawthron Institute. But what does this mean, and why does she love what she does?
- 01 October 2007