"Our mission is to protect and perpetuate breeding lines and families of Sydney Rock Oysters and enable the introduction of desirable, sustainable, heritable traits to improve growth, marketability, and the risk profile of the Sydney Rock Oyster "
SOCo was established in 2004 by the Oyster Industry of NSW, to commercialise the selected lines of Sydney Rock Oyster (SRO) and to help all NSW oyster farmers improve productivity, sustainability and profitability. The selective breeding program was started in 1990 by the NSW DPI, and SOCo manages the broodstock lines and works closely with hatcheries to provide a commercial supply of selected stock to industry. Read our Stragetic Plan.
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What are our selected lines of stock, what is full-sibling mult-trait family breeding and what does it mean for the industry? See our R&D page.
How is the breeding program commercially accessible? See our Broodstock page.
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$2000 Government rebates availble for SOCo customers. Click here for an application form
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$50,000 rebate on SOCo Sydney Rock Oyster sp
15 April 2016
Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair has announced a $360,000 investment over the next three years to the NSW oyster industry. ...
16 April 2016
NSW DPI Fisheries alerts permit holders regularly, stay up to date here ...
29 April 2016
SOCo have launched the Hatchery Hub, designed to identify and resolve challenges in Sydney Rock Oyster hatchery production, to increase productio ...
1 July 2016
Selectively bred for fast growth, SOCo Sydney Rock Oysters grow differently to non selected counterparts, and as such need different growing meth ...
1 July 2016
The industry was successful in securing $3 million over three years supported by the Cooperative Research Centres Projects stream of the CRC-P pr ...
15 July 2016
From 1st July 2016, the quota for spat rebates is increasing from $1000 to $2000 per grower. At each new financial year, we reset the quota so if ...
22 July 2016
The levy applied to selected lines of Sydney Rock Oyster and Native Angasi Oyster spat will increase from $0.002 to $0.003 on 1st September 2016. ...
25 July 2016
Using three different grow out techniques, and quantifying motion, we sought to determine how to achieve the best shaped selectively bred fast gr ...
29 July 2016
We're seeking consultants for on the ground hatchery operations support and training qualification development. Deadline to apply August 31st 201 ...