Goal 14: Life Below Water
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Greenshell Spat Co. – The creation of mussel ‘super babies’
Greenshell Spat Co is an aquaculture technology company set to enable the New Zealand Greenshell™ mussel industry’s $1 billion potential through the creation of mussel ‘super babies’. The venture was developed by University of Auckland PhD students Will McKay and Brad Skelton, who have commercialised their knowledge as scientists with the support of the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).
The Greenshell™ mussel industry is currently valued at $300 million but is capable of so much more. Will says “There is immense global demand for the endemic New Zealand Greenshell™, however, supply is not able to meet demand and orders can be made years in advance. The fundamental limiting factor that prevents the growth of the industry is the lack of baby mussels (known as spat). These are the seed stock for all farms most of which is collected attached to seaweed from 90 Mile Beach. This “lack” of spat is actually more of an issue of inefficiency – 95 % of all spat are lost from farm production in the first few weeks. This is caused by a natural behaviour called secondary settlement where very small spat let go of farm structures in search of new habitats. Read more
Marine scientists’ innovative solutions for community education
Marine scientists from the University of Auckland’s Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre are finding innovative ways to inspire a new generation of marine biologists and conservationists. With the support of the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), they have created a New Zealand Underwater Soundscapes website that teaches users to create an underwater microphone (hydrophone). The website also has a map of New Zealand where resulting recordings can be pinned, giving a publicly accessible audio archive of the sounds of New Zealand sea life. Read more