11 November 2016
Here's a hands-on approach to establishing a mabé culture trial in New Ireland Province, PNG.
Local National Fisheries Authority Technical Officers recently participated in a three-day oyster-seeding workshop run by USC Tropical Aquaculture Research staff.
Together, the team successfully seeded over 130 oysters, to be harvested in early 2017.
Mabé, also known as half-pearls, are produced by implanting a nuclei inside a pearl oyster's shell. Over time the oyster coats the nuclei with mother-of-pearl to produce the half pearls.
Pictured are Steven Namagan (centre) and Casper Dako (left) from the Nago Island Mariculture and Research Facility with USC Project Scientist Pranesh Kishore (right).
This work is part of the USC TAR project: 'Pearl industry development in the Western Pacific' funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.