In April 2016, the Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair announced a $360,000 investment for the industry for hatchery training programs until 2018.
SOCo, with the support of the NSW Farmers Association secured this funding to launch a hatchery training and production capacity building program which will see hatchery expert consultants on the ground optimizing commercial hatchery operations. For the first time, a TAFE certified hatchery course will also be built and delivered through consulting services, tailored to oyster hatchery needs.
This program will be of huge benefit to the NSW oyster industry, improving the capacity of hatcheries to produce selected lines of Sydney Rock Oysters for the industry, and boost SOCo's operations in the family breeding program for the industry. SOCo thank the Minister and NSW Local Land Services for this fantastic opportunity towards future proofing the industry.