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Genomics for Developing the first Canadian production ready strain of selectively bred Eastern Oyster

Status: 
Active
Competition: 
Genomic Applications Partnership Program
Sector: 
Fisheries and Aquaculture
Genome Centre(s):
Genome Atlantic, Génome Québec
Project Leader(s):
Louis Bernatchez (Université Laval)
Receptor Leader(s):
André Mallet (L’Étang Ruisseau Bar Ltée.)
Fiscal Year Project Launched: 
2019-2020
Project Description: 

The oyster industry in Atlantic Canada is expanding rapidly and this growth cannot be sustained by relying solely on wild-caught oyster spat, a risky strategy due to large annual variations in recruitment. The incorporation of a rigorous selective breeding program for the Eastern oyster, which would increase the profitability of oyster farms, is constrained by the lack of genomic tools (such as high-density SNP chip) which would allow implementing genomic-based selection. The overall goal of this project is to enable L’Étang Ruisseau Bar Ltée, Eastern Canada’s largest seed supplier, to produce the first production-ready strain of selectively bred Eastern oyster.