SPATnz

SPATnz aims to selectively breed high-value shellfish. Sanford subsidiary Shellfish Production and Technology New Zealand Limited (SPATnz) is co-investing with the Crown in this PGP programme.

Key facts of the SPATnz programme

pile of young Greenshell Mussels held by someone wearing a SPATnz shirt

Programme start: November 2012 
Length: 7 years 
PGP funding: $13 million 
Industry funding: $13 million
Crown funding paid out to programme for work done to 30 June 2019: $10,650,426
Commercial partners: Sanford Ltd
Estimated potential economic benefits to New Zealand: The direct potential benefit to GDP of this programme is approximately $81 million by 2026. If the technology developed through this programme is adopted more broadly throughout the sector, GDP could increase by $193 million.

SPATnz programme evaluation

Independent evaluation of the SPATnz Primary Growth Partnership

Programme outcomes

Outcome logic model

Outcome logic for SPATnz programme 2012–2019 (updated August 2016) [PDF, 91 KB]

Progress review report

Review of Primary Growth Partnership SPATnz [PDF, 862 KB]


Background to programme

Through the reliance on wild-caught spat, New Zealand's Greenshell™ mussel industry struggles to realise its full potential and deliver a consistent supply of mussels with the characteristics demanded by premium markets.

The aim of this programme is to deliver benefits by:

  • domesticating the Greenshell™ mussel
  • developing a wide range of selectively bred, high-performing breeds for industry.

The solution

Breeding mussels in captivty is essential to deliver what the industry and market requires. Wild spat sources allow little control over the timing and quantity of spat supply or the characteristics of the crop. Selectively bred hatchery spat can be produced year round from carefully selected parents.

Traditional selective breeding continues to deliver huge gains in virtually every primary production sector on land. With the help of this programme we can now do the same for Greenshell mussel farming.

Research under this programme will focus on selective breeding and the development of hatchery technology to produce improved spat at the large scale required by industry.

SPATnz has operated a pilot-scale mussel hatchery since early 2015. It has successfully developed methods for spat production at one-third of target scale. Those methods are now being scaled up to enable spat production at the level required to deliver benefits widely.

This technology and enhanced capability will be a breakthrough for our mussel industry, and provide significant economic returns.

Audit

Assurance on SPATnz use of funding [PDF, 656 KB]

Quarterly Progress Report Summaries

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July - October 2019 – SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
April - June 2019 – SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
January - March 2019 – SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
October - December 2018 – SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
July - September 2018 – SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
April - June 2018 – SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
January - March 2018 – SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
October - December 2017 - SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
July - October 2017 - SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
April - June 2017 - SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
January - March 2017 - SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
October - December 2016 - SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
July - Sept 2016 - SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
April - June 2016 - SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
January - March 2016 - SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
October - December 2015 - SPATnz Executive Summary
PGP Executive Summary
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