Cawthron Aquaculture growth backed by newly appointed Group Manager
With recently appointed Group Manager Dr Serean Adams at the helm, the Cawthron Aquaculture Group is set to go from strength to strength.
Over thirty expert scientists and support staff make up the Cawthron Aquaculture Group. Their goal is to increase the value of New Zealand’s aquaculture sector through research and innovation. Having led projects focused on hatchery technologies such as cryopreservation and shellfish developmental biology, Dr Adams is the ideal scientist to lead the team into a new phase of growth.
“I came on board with Cawthron 19 years ago as a fresh faced PhD student and since then I’ve been fortunate to work on a number of interesting projects. In this position, I’m able to take the capability we’ve developed across our programmes and apply it to new research and development,” said Dr Adams.
The Group has greatly increased its capacity over the past six years with the development of a shared, purpose-built aquaculture research, education, and commercial development facility. Cawthron’s Aquaculture Park is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and this capability is important in realising the Aquaculture Group’s bold ambitions.
Looking forward, Dr Adams is strongly backing aquaculture advancement, “New Zealand aquaculture produce is in demand. Already, we see fine dining restaurants in all corners of the world serving our finfish and shellfish products; that will only increase as more people get a taste for New Zealand’s premium seafood. It’s exciting to think how exports might grow when the smart technologies we’re developing are applied. Industry will be able to maximise farm output and utilise recently granted open ocean space.“
From Geoduck, to Scampi, to King Salmon, Cawthron’s Aquaculture Group are certainly achieving diversity in their research. There are various programmes underway ranging from breeding premium quality oysters, to improving the diets of king salmon, to researching the life cycle of scampi.
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