We are now feeling much more autumnal up here and so it’s a time of year when you check on the results of the baby mussel (spat) collection. I can happily report we have had some success this year. Aith Voe (pic below), a new site to us, has great settlement along with Bixter and Browland. I also checked on the 3000 droppers at Dury Voe (another new site to us) recently and have to say I could not see one single shell on any of those net strips. It is not too late yet but I fear we may have a dud input there.
If by January we don’t see any later settlements, we will have to remove each net strip by hand and clean them up to try again next year. We may need to change this site to a grower site and accept we cannot collect spat at this location, which is a pity as we are always keen to add new spat sources to our list if possible.
The hatchery for mussel spat is moving forward and we have had some encouraging trials of getting the mussels to spawn. The pilot equipment will be running in the coming weeks and we are really excited to see how that will work. There will be more learning here to do and again there is only one way to find out new things - and that is to keep on trying.