New facility will produce larvae for oyster production

How about Gulf of Nicoya oysters?

That’s the plan from three government agencies now that a $1 million facility for producing oyster larvae is in operation.

The project has help from the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería, the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social and the Universidad Nacional in Heredia. They shared in the cost of what is being called a laboratory.

The lab produces the larvae, which sometimes are called oyster seeds. The facility is in the university’s marine science station in Punta Morales. Production can be 1.5 million larvae a month, which can be distributed into 15 areas.

The cultivation of oysters elsewhere takes from two to three years.

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