Spat production

Over the past three production seasons, over 46 million spat have been produced by five hatcheries including Port Stephens Fisheries Institute, Southern Cross Shellfish, Camden Haven Oyster Supply, Victorian Shellfish Hatchery and AquaFarms QLD. These spat were produced from broodstock that have been selected for fast growth and resistance to QX disease and Winter Mortality. Contact SOCo - 0402 677 534 for information, or contact hatcheries and nuseries directly using the Hatcheries and Nurseries tab to put in an order.


"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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Looking for spat? See the Hatchery details & Nursery details

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.  

Want updates? See our quarterly SnapShots for quick information.  

$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

Latest News

15 April 2016

Funding for hatchery training and capacity building for the SRO industry

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair has announced a $360,000 investment over the next three years to the NSW oyster industry. ...

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16 April 2016

NSW DPI Fisheries, Fishing and Aquaculture alerts

NSW DPI Fisheries alerts permit holders regularly, stay up to date here ...

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29 April 2016

Hatchery Hub

SOCo have launched the Hatchery Hub, designed to identify and resolve challenges in Sydney Rock Oyster hatchery production, to increase productio ...

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1 July 2016

The perfect shaped Sydney Rock Oyster

Selectively bred for fast growth, SOCo Sydney Rock Oysters grow differently to non selected counterparts, and as such need different growing meth ...

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1 July 2016

$3 million boost for the oyster industry

The industry was successful in securing $3 million over three years supported by the Cooperative Research Centres Projects stream of the CRC-P pr ...

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15 July 2016

$2000 rebates on SOCo levy

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 ...

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22 July 2016

SOCo levy increase September 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. ...

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25 July 2016

Research focus: the perfect shaped Sydney Rock Oyster

Using three different grow out techniques, and quantifying motion, we sought to determine how to achieve the best shaped selectively bred fast gr ...

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29 July 2016

Job: hatchery and training consultants

We're seeking consultants for on the ground hatchery operations support and training qualification development. Deadline to apply August 31st 201 ...

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