The Dutch aquaculture sector for shellfish, fish and seaweed often uses breeding stock from wild populations. It is therefore important to monitor and conserve genetic variations within those species.
Since 2022, the Centre for Genetic Resources Netherlands (CGN) has been monitoring and conserving genetic material of aquaculture species that are cultivated and occur in the wild in the Netherlands. These species are:
We analyse the knowledge gaps and develop protocols for genetic monitoring in cooperation with experts from Wageningen Marine Research (WMR). Genetic monitoring of relevant aquaculture species is carried out and the results are analysed. Where necessary, protocols are adapted for future genetic monitoring in the further course of the programme.
In addition to genetic monitoring, we will start a genebank for aquaculture, where starting material of the relevant species will be secured by CGN through cryopreservation of genetic material in genebank collections.